Fans are celebrating 88th birth anniversary of Popular Urdu poet Ahmad Faraz today (Jan 12). Syed Ahmad Shah , who acquired the pen name of Faraz, came to be known as Ahmad Faraz was born on 12 January 1931 in Kohat, was a Pakistani Urdu poet. He was widely known as one of the best modern Urdu poets of the last century.
He studied at Islamia College, Kohat; Edwards College, Peshawar; and Peshawar University from where he got his degrees of M. A. in Urdu and M. A. in Persian. He began his career as a producer in Radio Pakistan. Later, he worked as a lecturer at Islamia College in Peshawar.
Faraz was arrested for writing poems that criticized military rulers in Pakistan during the reign of General Zia-ul-Haq . Following that arrest, he went into a self-imposed exile. He stayed for 6 years in Britain, Canada and Europe before returning to Pakistan, where he was initially appointed as Chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years.
Khwaab martay naheen, Khwaab dil hain, nah aankhen, nah saansen keh jo, Rezaa, rezaa huwe to bikhar jaayen ge, Jism kii maut se ye bhii mar jaayen ge are one of his best poems.
Faraz died of kidney failure in a private hospital in Islamabad on 25 August 2008. His funeral was held on the evening of 26 August, among many admirers and government officials at H-8 Graveyard, Islamabad, Pakistan. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz and posthumously the Hilal-e-Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan.
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19 January, 2019