Famous and widely known Pakistani poet Ahmad Faraz is being remembered on his 12th death anniversary on August 25th today.
Born on January 12th 1931 in Kohat, Syed Ahmad Shah or known as by his pen name ‘Ahmad Faraz’ – one of the most popular and well respected poets of Pakistan, is being remembered on his 12th death anniversary on August 25th Tuesday (today).
His poems were used by the singers, including Mehdi Hasan who sung Ranjish he sahi gazal. His poem Silsilay Tor Gaya was sung by Noor Jahan. Faraz is credited for writing renowned poems, including Pas Andaaz, Sab Awazain Meri, Khuwab Gul, Janan Janan, and Ghazal Bahana Karon.
Ahmad Faraz played an active role during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship and was one his most ardent critic.
He went in to a self-imposed exile during Zia’s rule and is credited with several pro-democracy and anti-dictatorship poems.
For his services he was awarded with Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, which he returned two years later in 2006.
Ahmad Faraz passed away in Islamabad due to Kidney Failure on August 25th 2008.
His son Shibli Faraz, a sitting senator for the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting laid wreath and offered fateha at his grave today.
Addressing the media, Shibli Faraz reiterated that his father Ahmad Faraz was a courageous person who never compromised on his principles and ideology.
He further highlighted that his father was a stringent supporter of Kashmir and Palestine cause and always raised his voice against Indian and Israeli atrocities in Kashmir and Palestine respectively through his work.