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9th Death Anniversary Of Ahmed Faraz Being Observed Today

Web Desk(August 25, 2017): The ninth death anniversary of renowned Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz is being observed today.

Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat on 14th January 1931. He was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century.

Faraz was his pseudonym ‘takhallus’, whereas his real name was Syed Ahmad Shah. Outspoken about politics, he went into self-imposed exile during the Zia-ul-Haq era after he was arrested for reciting certain poems at a mushaira criticizing the military rule.

He has been awarded with numerous national and international awards. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, in recognition of his literary achievements.

He stayed for 6 years in Britain, Canada and Europe before returning to Pakistan, where he was initially appointed Chairman Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years.

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He returned the award in 2006 after becoming disenchanted with Musharraf’s government and its policies.

Ethnically a Hindko speaking Pashtoon, Ahmed Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at the Peshawar University. He later became a lecturer at the Peshawar University.

Ahmed Faraz, who has been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing that common people easily understand.

He died in United States on 25 August 2008.

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