13th death anniversary of Veteran literary scholar and poet Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is being observed today (July 10). He was born as Ahmad Shah Awan on November 20, 1916 in the village Anga of Khushab District in British-administrated India and a graduate from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.
Ahmed Nadeem Qasimi started his career as a government clerk, which he eventually left to pursue journalism. He became active member of the Progressive Writers Movement (PWM), for a time holding the position of secretary, and was consequently arrested many times during the 1950s through the 1970s.
Qasimi is a recipient of Pride of Performance (1968) and Pakistan Academy of Letters’ lifetime achievement award, as well as the country’s highest civil honour, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1980), for literature. He published collections of his best-known work include poetry volumes Jalal-o-Jamal, Shola-i-Gul and Kisht-i-Wafa, and short story collections Chopaal,Sannata, and Kapaas ka Phool, Bagolay, Tal-o-Gharoob, Sailab-o-Gardab,Anchal,ghar se ghartak.
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, the great literary person, said farewell to this world in the year 2006. He was 90 at the time of his death.
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10 April, 2020