Karachi: Prominent poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz remembered on his 103rd birth anniversary on Thursday.
He was born in Kala Kader village of Sialkot in 1911, where he received his early education.
He was a great revolutionary Poet. He studied philosophy and English literature, but poetry and politics preoccupied him more than anything else.
He started a branch of Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin‑e‑Hind in Punjab in 1936. Also he was a Member and Secretary of this branch.
Faiz was also Editor of Mahanama Adab‑e‑Lateef (1938‑1942 AD). He became a lecturer in English at MAO College‚ Amritsar in 1935 and then at Hailey College of Commerce‚ Lahore.
He briefly joined the British Indian Army and was promoted to the rank of Lieut. Colonel in 1944. He resigned from the Army in 1947 and returned to Lahore to become the first editor in chief of the Pakistan Times‚ a paper started by Mian Iftikharuddin under Jinnah’s patronage.
This paper played an important role in partition. Faiz spent much of the 1950s and 1960s promoting communism in Pakistan.
He was charged with complicity in a failed coup attempt known as the Rawalpindi Conspiracy case and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in 1951.
In 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.
Faiz was the first Asian poet who was awarded with Lenin Peace Prize by the former Soviet Union 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.
Faiz was the first Asian poet to be awarded the Lenin Peace Prize‚ the Soviet Union’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize in 1963. He was died on 20 November 1984.