Pakistan

Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s 105th birth anniversary observed

KARACHI: Prominent poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz is being remembered on his 105th birth anniversary on Saturday.

He was born in Kala Kader village of Sialkot in 1911. He received his early education. He studied philosophy and English literature, but poetry and politics interested him more than anything else.

In 1936, Faiz started a branch of Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin‑e‑Hind in Punjab. He was also a member and Secretary of this branch.

Being an editor of Mahanama Adab‑e‑Lateef (1938‑1942 AD), he was also a lecturer in English at Amritsar’s MAO College in 1935 and Hailey College of Commerce‚ Lahore.

He joined the British Indian Army and was promoted to the rank of Lieuenant Colonel in 1944. He resigned from the military in 1947 and returned to Lahore to become the first editor in chief of the Pakistan Times.

Pakistan Times played a crucial role in the partition of the partition. The poet and writer spent much of the 1950s and 1960s promoting communism in Pakistan.

During the 1965 war between India and Pakistan he worked in an honorary capacity in the Department of Information. In exile he acted as Editor of the magazine Lotus in Moscow‚ London and Beirut.

He was first Asian poet who was awarded with Lenin Peace Prize‚ the Soviet Union’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize in 1963. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize shortly before his death in 1984.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz died on November 20, 1984 in Lahore.

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