The 9th death anniversary of renowned poet Ahmed Faraz was observed on Friday across the country and homages were paid to him.
Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat on January 14, 1931, and got early education from Peshawar. He obtained Masters degree in Persian and Urdu from Edwards College. He later taught at Peshawar University as well.
He was considered as one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century and was ranked among the greatest Urdu poets of the current era.
Faraz was his pseudonym (takhallus) whereas his real name was Syed Ahmad Shah. He was deeply influenced by the works of Faiz Ahmad Faiz and has been able to earn much fame due to his elegant yet simple poetry. He was also a member of the Progressive Writers Movement.
He was appointed as the chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters and also served as the chairperson of the National Book Foundation.
Ahmad Faraz was the recipient of a number of national and international awards including the Nagar Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz. He breathed his last on August 25, 2008.