Renowned Pakistani Writers Who Passed Away in 2016

2016 has definitely not been lucky for the Pakistani writers. Two legendary writers and intellectuals, Intezar Hussain and Fatima Surraya Bajia left us in the beginning of the year. A huge vacuum has been created in the literary circles of Pakistan after their demise which will be difficult to fill in the future.

Fatima Surayya Bajia

Fatima Surayya Bajia, a mastermind in Urdu Literature and one of the most famous Pakistani writers, passed away on February 10, Tuesday at an age of 85. Bajia was one of the most renowned playwright, Urdu novelist and Pakistani drama writer. Because of her exceptional work in various genres of Urdu Literature, she was presented with several awards like the Japan’s highest civil award, Halal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance award for her efforts in promoting arts and literature in the country. She is also known for serving to the Sindh’s Chief Minister as an advisor. Moreover, she served as the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association’s president.

Bajia’s Contribution as Pakistani Drama Writer

From the beginning of state-run channel, she has been writing dramas for Pakistan Television (PTV) Centres in Lahore and Islamabad. There is a long list of her best written dramas for Pakistan Television (PTV) including Afshan, Ana, Shama, Aroosa, Zeenat, Tareekh o Tamseel, Aagahi, Anarkali, Babar, Sassi Punno, Aabgeenay and Tasveer.

Intezar Hussain

The famous short story writer of Pakistan, novelist, poet and a renowned journalist, Intizar Hussain passed away on February 2, 2016 at the age of 92. Intezar Hussain is one of the most prolific Pakistani writers known for his versatility and his work which is an asset for the country. This is so because his work is recognized all over the world and his contribution towards the literature of Pakistan is incomparable.

As a result of his exceptional work, he was shortlisted in 2013 for the Man Book International Prize and was honored with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a highly prestigious award of France in 2014. His famous books consist of Kankari, Din aur Dastan, Gali Koochay, Kachhuay, Sheharzad Kay Naam, Shehr-i-afsos, Khaimay Say Door, Morenama and Khali Pinjra. He also worked as a freelance journalist for a long period of time. His most distinguished novels include Basti and Naya Ghar. He was a regular columnist at Dawn as well.

The sad demise of these two legendary Pakistani Writers has brought a great loss to the literary circles of Pakistan. Their tremendous efforts in polishing Urdu Literature will always be acknowledged and remembered.