ISLAMABAD – The death anniversaries of two famous poets Parveen Shakir and Munir Niazi were observed on Monday.

Parveen Shakir became a renowned poet with her first published collection Khushbu in 1976. She received the Pride of Performance award for her significant role in Urdu literature. She also served as a teacher and a civil servant. She died in a car accident on December 26, 1994.

Munir Niazi was born in 1928 in India and following independence of Pakistan migrated to Sahiwal with his family.


Munir Niazi also wrote songs for films, as his poetry contained harmony required for songs. His Punjabi publications are included Safar di Raat, Char Chup Cheezan and Rasta Dasan Walay Teray. Urdu collections include Taiz Hawa aur Tanha Phool, Jungle main Dhanak and Mah-e-Munir. He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2005. He passed away in 2006 after suffering from a respiratory disease.