LAHORE (Staff Report) – Legendary Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, who is often dubbed as voice of revoulution, is being remembered on his 30th death anniversary.
Faiz international literary conference is being held in Lahore to recall the services of great poet.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born on February 13, 1911 in Sialkot, the birthplace of poet of the east Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
After having completing his education, Faiz worked as a teacher, journalist and a politician as well.
He also served served in British Army before independence of Pakistan, and was promoted up to a rank of lieutenant-colonel. However Faiz resigned in 1947 to join Pakistan Times, a local newspaper of progressive narrative.
In 1951, Faiz became part of failed coup in Pakistan and was charged in what is now called “Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case. He was sentenced imprisonment but was fortunate to be released later on.
After his release, he once again became a strong proponent of communism in Pakistan in 1960s and 1970s. He also visited Russia for several times.
Later on he became close aide to then Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who headed a public campaign against President Ayub Khan in late 1960s.
Faiz was also among the first ever official Pakistani delegation to visit Bangladesh. On conclusion of Bangladesh tour he wrote his famous Ghazal “Hum Kay Thehray Ajnabi” on the insistence of Sheikh Mujib Urrehamn.
Faiz Ahmad Ahmad was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963‚ which was equivalent to the Nobel Prize in then’s USSR.
He died on November 20 in 1984.