Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Report) – Renowned short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto is being remembered on his 104th birth anniversary on Wednesday (today).

Saadat Hasan Manto was born on May 11, 1912 in British India. He migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947. Most of his lifetime Manto resided in Lahore. He died on January 18, 1955.

He was tried for obscenity six times; thrice before the 1947 Partition of British India, and thrice after independence. He was never convicted for the crime.

Subsequently, his work on the taboos of Pakistan and Indian society earned him regional and international recognition in literary circles.

Some of his publications are, Atishpare, Manto Ke Afsane, Dhuan, Afsane Aur Drame , Laazat-e-Sang, Thanda Gosht, Baghair Ijazat, Burque, Ratti, Masha and Tolah.

He also wrote a number of famous letters to Uncle Sam, which were published in English language as well.

On January 18, 2005, the Government of Pakistan issued a postage stamp to commemorate his services on his 50th death anniversary.The postage stamp read “Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955) Man of Letters.”

On August 14, 2012, Manto was also honored with Nishan-e-Imtiaz award by Pakistani government.