The 13th death anniversary of Sitara-e-Imtiaz award recipient and Urdu as well as Punjabi poet Munir Niazi being observed today (Dec 26). He was born at Khanpur, district Hoshiyarpur (India).
Known for his melodious ghazals and harmonious poems, Niazi also penned songs for famous films like Uss bewafa ka shehr hai aur ham hein dost for Shaheed (1962) and Zinda rahen to kya hai jo mar jaaen ham to kya for Kharidar (1976).
Niazi also had command over Punjabi and published three of his works in Punjabi namely “Safar di Raat”, “Char Chup Cheezan” and “Rasta Dasan Walay Teray.” Some of his Urdu collections include “Taiz Hawa aur Tanha Phool”, “Jungle main Dhanak” and “Mah-e-Munir”.
In recognition of his literary achievement, he was honoured with “The Pride of Performance” by the Government of Pakistan. Munir was also a sportsman, a horse rider, a rifle shooter and a swimmer. He died on December 26, 2006.
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