The 86th birthday of world renowned Pakistani poet Ahmad Fraaz is being celebrated today. He was decorated with numerous awards Adam Jee Literary Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz being tops. Faraz had returned Hilal-e-Imtiaz due to difference with the policies of former president Pervez Musharraf.
Born to Syed Mushtaq Shahbarq Khai on January 12, 1931 in Nausheha Faraz’s real name was Syed Ahmad Shahwar. Shahbarq was one of the most prominent Persian poets of his time.
Faraz did Masters in Urdu, Persian, and English literature and begun his practical life from Radio Pkistan and later joined Peshawar University as lecturer.
He served as resident director Pkistan National Centre Peshawar, one of the firsts director general of Pakistan Academy of Letters.
Faraz was and still remains one of the leading poet laureate of contemporary time. His works include Tanha Tanha, Dard-e-Ashub, Nayaft, Shab Khoon, Meray Khwab Reza Reza, Janan Janan, Beawaz Gali Kochon Mein, Nabina Shehr, Sub Awazein Meri Hein, Pasandaz Mausam. Bodlik, Ghazal Bahana Karun, and Aye Ishq-e-Junoon.
Ahmad Faraz died in Islamabad on August 25, 2008 and was laid to rest at main graveyard of Islamabad.