Profile: Amjad Islam Amjad

Aamir Tariq 10:13 PM | 10 Feb, 2023
Profile: Amjad Islam Amjad
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Amjad Islam Amjad stood stalwart in the annals of Urdu literature as one of the most glittering literary figure, intellectual, columnist, writer, critic, poet and playwright nationally and globally.

He distincts himself in highlighting social injustice, disparity, familial values and their deterioration and self-recognition by all means. Being a contemporary critic and historian, he unveiled despotisms, dictatorship, democratic periods and depravity of downtrodden sections on a miniature through diverse genres of poetry, prose and dramatic writing style. Undoubtedly, he passed through an incessant voyage of soul-elevating, self-reckoning and realization of social norms to produce several award-winning compositions and ultimately achieving life-earned milestones.

Dilating some spotlight on Amjad Islam Amjad’s early life, we come to know that he was born on 4th August 1944 in Lahore. His ancestors belonged to Sialkot known for sports and diverse cultural activities. He received his earlier education in nearby school, completed his graduation from Govt. Islamia College Lahore and masters in Urdu literature from Punjab University. Contributing as a prolific teacher and mentor of Urdu literature, he started his career as a lecturer in M.A.O College Lahore. Interestingly, he became the deputy director in Punjab’s Arts Council in 1975.

Touching the pinnacle of his working era, he also worked as a director at Pakistan Television Corporation from 1975 to 1979.

Exclusively, Amjad Islam added his memorable and substantive contribution by writing many columns, translation, criticism, essays and playwright for Pakistan Television and different forums. This was the golden era of PTV where insightful and massive writers like him were producing splendid art of Urdu literature. After critical analysis, some of his well-known dramas are Waris, Dehleez, Samandar, Raat, Waqt, and Apnay Log. His first book was published in 1974 since then he has published more than ten collections including Satvan Dar (1978), Fishar (1982), Baarish ki Aawaz (1997), and Yahiin Kahiin (2006) and Nae Purane too. Estimated, he wrote more than 40 books on different genre of Urdu literature as a whole and won the hearts of his admirers.

Glittering like a pearl, Amjad Islam Amjad excelled in translation of foreign writers and poets. He also translated the poetries of the African poets in Urdu called Kale Logon ki Roshan Nazmein. As an ace critic, he also wrote dramas based on criticism. 

Amjad Islam Amjad is an innovative and evocative author of more than 40 books in 50 years sprawling career .He has been honoured with many national and international awards. He was highly acknowledged and revered by the contemporary Governments for his pivotal and inventive literary works throughout his illustrious career. Most significantly, he received the Pride of Performance in 1987 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1998.He was also conferred Allama Muhammad Iqbal Award for matchless contribution in Urdu literature.

Being an awakened and conscientious columnist and feature-writer, Amjad Islam Amjad joined Urdu newspaper Daily Express  and wrote columns with the title of "Chasham-e-Tamasha” since June 2008. In December 2019, he received the Necip Fazil International Culture and Art Award in Istanbul Turkey.

Apart from these awards, he was graced and elevated with dazzling awards including PTV best Playwright FOR 1980.1984,1998,1999 & 2001, best prose book award from Karachi Arts Council, best writer Nigar Film, Writers Guild Award, 12 PTV Awards, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi Awards and several others distinctive accolades in through his career. It is true to say that we cannot acknowledge and worth the pearls of wisdom of Late Amjad Islam Amjad in forms of drama, tele- film, prose writings, poetry, criticism and translations.

On 10th February 2023, he passed away after cardiac arrest and headed towards a journey of eternity and divinity. No one can engulf the gap after his departure but he gifted his invaluable literary works for millions of admirers not only in Pakistan but throughout the subcontinent.

Aamir Tariq
Aamir Tariq

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 23, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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