KARACHI (Staff Report) – The eighth death anniversary of renowned Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz is being observed on Thursday.

His original name was Syed Ahmed Shah, however, he opted “Faraz” as his pen named.

Faraz was acclaimed as one of the best Urdu poets of the contemporary era.He has been much popular, particularly among young generation for his romantic poetry.

Faraz was arrested for writing poems that criticised military rule in Pakistan during the Zia-ul-Haq era. Following the arrest, he went into a self-imposed exile.

After returning to Pakistan, Ahmed Faraz was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz and other numerous national and international awards in recognition of his literary achievements.

He died in Islamabad on August 25, 2008, due to kidney failure. His funeral was held on the evening of 26th, at H-8 Graveyard, Islamabad.