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Remembering Jaun Elia on his death anniversary with five ghazals

Celebrated poet passed away in 2002

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November 8, 2019


HRCP appoints writer and poet Harris Khalique as its secretary-general

Harris Khalique succeeds IA Rehman, who retired from the post two years ago

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March 16, 2019


Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cancel their visit to Karachi for the Kaifi Azmi festival

The event will be held from February 23 to February 24

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February 15, 2019


Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar to visit Karachi for Kaifi Azmi festival

The event will be held from Feb 23 to Feb 24

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February 6, 2019


Poet, author and feminist icon Fahmida Riaz passes away

She had been ill for the past few months

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November 22, 2018


We should honour Iqbal’s ideas instead of taking a holiday: PM Imran Khan

Pakistan is the result of Iqbal’s dream and the young generation should understand his vision, he said

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November 9, 2018


Author and poet Muhammad Umar Memon passes away

Muhammad Umar Memon, an Urdu scholar, translator, poet, short-story writer and the editor of The Annual of Urdu Studies, passed away on Monday. He was a retired professor of Urdu Literature and Arabic Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught Urdu, Islamic Studies, Arabic and Persian at the university. He retired after serving the institute…

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June 4, 2018


149th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib observed

ISLAMABAD: The 149th death anniversary of classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib was observed on Thursday throughout the country with tributes paid to his selfless contribution in Urdu literature. According to a private news channel, Ghalib was born on December 27, 1796 in the city of Akbarabad (present Agra). He was an…

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February 15, 2018


I am Punjabi first, India comes later: Amarjit Chandan

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: At the 9th Karachi Literature Festival, Britain-based Punjabi poet Amarjit Chandan told Samaa that he considers himself Punjabi first. Watch what he says when asked if he identifies as an Indian:

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February 9, 2018


Israel wants ban against poet who called Ahed Tamimi a hero

NEWS DESK: Poet and author Yehonatan Geffen is an iconic popular figure in Israeli culture since the 1970’s. According to a piece published by Mondoweiss, he is tongue-in-cheek and doesn’t mince his words. The kind of guy who calls out Netanyahu for being a racist. On Monday, he posted a poem on his Instagram which…

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January 26, 2018


Google pays homage to Mirza Ghalib

NEWS DESK: Paying homage to Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birth anniversary, Google celebrated the late poet with a doodle. Ghalib was a prominent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the Mughal era. His real name was Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan and he was born in Agra on December 27, 1797. He began composing poems from…

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December 27, 2017


Iqbal Day: Holiday or not?

NEWS DESK: Iqbal Day, observed each year on November 9 to pay respect to poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, used to be a public holiday until 2015, when the then interior ministry abolished the public holiday. Iqbal, popularly termed the “Poet of the East”, was born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot. This birth anniversary is…

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November 7, 2017


Ahmed Faraz – the poet of love and revolt

ISLAMABAD: Ahmed Faraz, one of the greatest Pakistani Urdu poets, is being remembered today (Friday) on his ninth death anniversary. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat, Pakistan on 14th January 1931. He was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century. Faraz is his pseudonym ‘takhallus’, whereas his real name is…

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August 25, 2017


Faiz Ahmed Faiz being remembered on his birthday today

KARACHI: The 106th birth anniversary of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz is being observed on Monday (13 February). Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born in 1911 in Sialkot. He was conferred Pakistan’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1990. Faiz was the first Asian poet to receive the Lenin Peace Prize awarded by the Soviet Union in…

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February 13, 2017


Death anniversary of poet Ibn-e-Insha being observed today

KARACHI: Renowned Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue and columnist Ibn-e-Insha is being remembered today (Wednesday). Ibn-e-Insha’s real name was Sher Muhammad Khan and he was born in Jalandhar district of Indian Punjab in 1927. He later migrated to Pakistan. His poetry was simple but had depth. The real cause of his popularity was his humorous poetry…

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January 11, 2017


Ousted Afridi turns poet

Former Pakistan Twenty20 Captain, who was omitted from Pakistan’s upcoming tour to England, donned the cap of a poet during a Twitter conversation with his fans. Hassi..tabbassum..kahkahay sub kho Gaye Mushiii hum Baray ho Gaye ..But always remember #diltoubachahaijee ???????????? — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 24, 2016 Acha g tum b???? — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial)…

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May 25, 2016


Dargah Sachal Sarmast, The Symbol of Tolerance & Humanity

    Written By: Hammad Shakil Some people dreamed for time machines to go into the past, while others go to authentic spots to investigate and feel the recollections. Living in Sindh, I have an advantage that this region has large number of historical and religious places that I can visit. In the previous month I…

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March 5, 2016


Renowned poet Nasir Kazmi remembered

ISLAMABAD: Renowned Urdu poet Nasir Kazmi was remembered on his 44st death anniversary on Wednesday. Nasir Kazmi was considered as one of the greatest poets of his era. He was born on December 8, 1925 at Ambala in British-India. He received education from Ambala, Simla and Lahore. He became a journalist and worked with Auraq-e-Nau…

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March 2, 2016


Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan writer Jamiluddin Aali is no more

KARACHI: Pakistan’s eminent poet, playwright and scholar Jamiluddin Aali passed away on Monday after a protracted illness. He was 90. Raju Jamiluddin, son of Aali,while talking to Samaa, confirmed the demise, saying his father was an asset of the Pakistani nation. “He will rule the hearts of the people of the motherland through his literary…

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November 23, 2015


Urs of Waris Shah begins in Punjab

The three-day annual Urs celebrations of Pir Syed Waris Shah, a mystic Punjabi poet and author of ‘Heer Ranjha’, begin in Jandiala Sher Khan area in Punjab. Watch this report.

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September 29, 2015


Faraz – the poet of love and revolt

KARACHI: Ahmed Faraz, one of the greatest Pakistani Urdu poets, is being remembered today (Tuesday) on his seventh death anniversary. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat, Pakistan on 14th January 1931. He was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century. Faraz is his pseudonym ‘takhallus’, whereas his real name is…

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August 25, 2015