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Patras Bukhari’s Death Anniversary Observed Today

Web Desk (December 05, 2018): 60th death anniversary of famous writer Patras Bukhari is being observed today. 

Patras Bukhar was an educationist, man of letters, a diplomat and one of the most renowned writer of Pakistan.

He was born in 1898 in Peshawar into a Kashmiri family (which migrated from Baramulla).

Bokhari received his early education in the city of his birth and in 1916 moved from Islamia College Peshawar to attend Government College, Lahore.After completing his Masters in English he was appointed as lecturer at the same institution. In 1922, he took his MA in English after just one year’s study and stood first, after which he was appointed lecturer at the College.

This was his creative period. His bilingual excellence is owed to his intensive translation of great books and plays from English to Urdu. He was tall and blue-eyed, had a razor-sharp mind, an equally sharp tongue, and a keenness to go forward in life.In 1923 he married Zubaida Wanchoo, a Punjabi-speaking Kashmiri lady, and daughter of a Superintendent of Police. They had three children – two sons Mansoor & Haroon, and a daughter Roshan Ara. Roshan Ara died as a child. He died on 5 December 1958 during his diplomatic service and is buried in Valhalla Cemetery, New York.

On 14 August 2003 President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, announced the conferment of Hilal-e-Imtiaz, the country’s second highest civilian award, posthumously on Bokhari.

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