Ahmad Faraz

Faraz, an Urdu poet of international repute, translated into many languages including English, French, Spanish, and Russian, author of fourteen (14) collections of his poetry, including Tanha Tanha, Dard Ashob, Naayaaft, Khwab-e-Gul Pareshan Hai, Bodlak, Shab Khoon, Mayray Khwab Rayza Rayza, Naabeena Shehr Main Aina, Pas Andaaz Mausam, Jaanaa Jaanaa, Bay Aavaaz Gali Koochon Main, Sab Aavaazain Mayri Haiyn, Ghazal Bahaana Karoon and Aiy Ishq-e-Junoo Paisha, with much of his verse sung by some of the best singers of the Sub-continent, was popular among both cognoscenti and the general public, in Pakistan and abroad, with cult status in the pantheon of revolutionary poets of the Sub-continent.

Faraz was an advocate of the poor and the down-trodden, who raised his voice against capitalists, usurpers and dictators, and therefore frequently provoked the ire of the vested interests.

Faraz received various national and international awards, including the "President's Pride of Performance", as well as the "Sitara-e-Imtiaz" which, in the last days of his life, he returned in protest against the policies of the Government.

Faraz, having attained post-graduate degrees in both Urdu and Persian Literature, and having served as Lecturer at Islamia College, Peshawar, and as a Producer at radio Pakistan, Peshawar, Faraz was the founding Director-General of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, and also served as Director-General of Lok Virsa as well as the Chairman of the National Book Foundation, was born in Nawshera, NWFP on 12th January 1931, and died of renal failure at Shifa International Hospital, H-8, Islamabad on 25th August 2008.