Ahmed Faraz (1931-2008): Abb kay hum bichRay…

Posted on August 25, 2008
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Ahmed FarazA little over a month ago we had reported that the news of poet Ahmed Faraz’s death was unfounded and although struggling for his life, he was indeed alive. Today it is my sad duty to report that he struggles no more. Leganadry poet Ahmed Faraz died in Islamabad earlier today.

His legend will live on in the eternal beauty of the poetry he has left behind.

Ahmed FarazAs Faraz Sahib lay in a Chicago hospital this July, I and many others received messages of his behalf of how much he wanted to return to Pakistan. In his condition then it was not exactly easy to get back. But he did. Only to make it his final resting place.

Abb kay hum bichray tou shaed kabhi khaabouN mein milleiN

The Nowshera born poet was one one of the greatest poet not only of our times but of all times. A man of conviction his poetry blended the exquisite sensitivity with fervent political passions. In his famous poem Mohassra, he writes:

Maira qalam to amanat hai mairey logouN ki
Maira qalam to adaalat mairey zameer ki hai

And, indeed it was. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting and spending some time with him; always enthralled as much by the person and the persona as by the poet.

Ahmed FarazWho better to shed light on Ahmed Faraz the person than Pakistan’s pre-eminent columnist and people connoisseur par excellance Khalid Hasan. Here are some excerpts from a column Khalid Sahib wrote recently as Ahmad Faraz lay in Chicago struggling for his life:

Sometimes prayers do get answered and this may well be one of those moments, because for the first time since July 7 when he entered hospital, he managed this week, with help from his attendants, to actually sit in a chair and remain there sitting for two full hours. But hopes that it could perhaps be the beginning of his journey on the long road to recovery were dashed later in the week when a hospital source described his condition as “irreversible” following the massive stroke he suffered while in hospital.

Ahmed FarazPoets, Ghalib said, are connected to a world that is not visible to the rest of us. Since that must be so, there have to be powers of which we have neither awareness nor understanding, but could we still hope that they will begin to smile on Faraz, the muse’s favourite son? Such a hope cannot be entertained, going by what one has been told. Are we going to lose Faraz, the supreme poet of romance, whose poetry we have loved and lived with all these years? It is a horrible thought and I want to banish it.

There is little doubt that there are few love letters written in long, stealthy hand by shy girls that do not bear one or more of Faraz’s verses. Challenged once at a mushaira held to honour protesting women to recite poetry dedicated to women, Faraz replied, “But all my poetry is dedicated to women.” Such a lover of the finer things in life needs must live and provide sweetness and light to what Faiz called “this land of yellow leaves”.

Ahmed Faraz is a national treasure and although he does not believe in kings or the succession system, let it be said that if there is one successor to Faiz, it is none other than Faraz. Like Faiz he has endured much persecution and received much love. Last year, and not for the first time, Faraz was persecuted by the regime of “enlightened moderation”.

In Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s time, which of all times should have been and in many ways was, Faraz’s, he was suspended from service by Maulana Kausar Niazi for a single verse of his that asked the books that advocate hate in the name of religion to be cast aside once for all. This misstep was soon corrected.

Faraz suffered imprisonment and persecution under Zia and was so heartbroken that he left the country like Faiz and lived in exile for six years. His great poem Mohasra (The Siege) remains one of the most powerful indictments of military rule. Who else but Faraz could have written: Peshavar qatilo tum sipahi nahin (Soldiers you are not, you professional assassins).

There can be no question that Faraz is also the greatest romantic Urdu poet of our times. But why do we treat our best and brightest so disgracefully, we should sometimes ask ourselves. Faiz was hounded all his life, except during the Bhutto years. Habib Jalib was jailed more than once. Ustad Daman was hunted as if he were a criminal. The progressive writers’ movement and its members were singled out for imprisonment and persecution as soon as Pakistan came into being. Why?

In 2006, angered by something Faraz had written, the minions of the regime had him and his family evicted from their Islamabad house, their belongings placed on the street. There was a nationwide uproar and the government pulled in its horns but did not apologise. Last year, Faraz was dismissed from his post as head of the National Book Foundation on the orders of “Shortcut” Aziz, Citibank’s gift to Pakistan. He is now gone but that infamous act is what he will forever be remembered for.

Faraz has always had the courage to remain to the left of every military regime, while many of our leading literary lights have taken the path of least resistance and keeled over. Faraz said in an interview last year, “I am against dictatorship and military rule. The time has not yet arrived when I should escape from the country out of fear. I will stay home and fight.” Faraz remained involved in the movement to restore the illegally dismissed judges and used his influence to persuade fellow writers to join the protest.

Asked once, when Zia was in power, why he had left Pakistan, he replied that he was in Karachi when an order was served on him, externing him from the province of Sindh. “I said to myself, ‘What have we come to when a man is exiled from his own land! Today, it is Karachi, tomorrow it will be Peshawar, the day after, Lahore. That is when I decided to leave.’”

He also returned the Hilal-i-Imtiaz conferred on him. When asked why he had kept it for two years, he replied, “Do you think it laid eggs in those two years?” I know of no one who can match Faraz’s wit. Let me recount some vintage Faraz stories.

One day Faraz heard loud banging at his door. He rose hurriedly to open it, only to see four or five bearded men in white skullcaps. “Can you recite the Kalima?” one asked. “Why, has it changed?” Faraz inquired.

Once when Faraz was staying at a Karachi hotel, Kishwar Naheed landed there with two of her women friends and announced as soon as they entered the room that they were all famished. Faraz picked up the phone and told room service, “Please send up some sand. The witches are already here.”

Faraz was once asked about the difference between Pakistan in 1947 and Pakistan today. “In 1947, the name of the Muslim League president was Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Today it is Chaudhry Gujrat Hussain.

Khalid Hassan has just written a follow-up to this on Faraz’s death, some excerpts worth sharing:

Faraz, steeped in the classical tradition, was the true inheritor of Faiz’s mantle. Like Faiz, he suffered prison and lived in exile during the dark days of military rule in the 1980s. Like Faiz, he was loved by the people, especially the young, and nobody wrote with more intensity about love than Faraz. He gained fame as a young man – he was teaching at Peshawar University at the time – and while much in the way of comfort and the easy life forsook him on more occasions than one, his fame and his popularity never languished. Few poets have had more of their work set to music and performed by the great singers of the age than Faraz.

Almost always, he found himself on the wrong side of the government of the day. From Ayub, through Yahya, through Bhutto and down to Musharraf, Faraz was always viewed by the establishment as the rebel he was. He was never afraid to write what others only whispered about and he never let adversity stray him from the path he had chosen for himself. More of his poetry is remembered and recited by his admirers in his own country, in India and wherever Urdu is loved and spoken, than that of any other poet of modern times.

The journalist Iftikhar Ali recalled in New York as the news of Faraz’s death broke, “Faraz was a year senior to me when I joined the Islamia College Peshawar, in 1954. He was remarkably handsome, full of life but very much into poetry. He would gather students around him and read out his mostly romantic poems. There was no open mixing of male and female students in those days. But somehow his poems managed to reach girl students who felt greatly attracted to him. He would receive dozens of hand written letters from them, not only those at the university but from a women’s college in the city as well. The well-to-do ones would have their servants deliver their letters while others would drop them in front of Faraz at bus stops. At that time, he loved to watch hockey and would lead slogans at the annual match between the two old rivals – Islamia College and Edwards Collge.”

Few people know that in 1947 when the uprising in Kashmir against the Maharaja’s rule began, among the volunteers who went in to fight on the side of the Kashmiris was the teenager Ahmed Faraz from Kohat. He said in a recent conversation that his heart bleeds at the military aggression to which the people of Waziristan and Balochistan have been subjected. He said what we know today as Azad Kashmir was not liberated by the army but by Wazir tribes who went into the state to fight the Maharaja’s forces… Asked why he had not written another poem like Mohasra, he replied, “Because I do not want to write the same poem again. In Pakistan, things do not change and, consequently, the poems I wrote in the past have not become dated.”

What can one add about the man after that. Faraz Sahib’s poetry will live on. New generations will find new depth and new meanings in it. That is what great poetry does. And Faraz’s poetry is great poetry indeed. Here are some few examples for us to remember him by.

More on Faraz at ATP here, here, here and here.

68 Comments on “Ahmed Faraz (1931-2008): Abb kay hum bichRay…

  1. ASAD says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:43 pm

    What a tragic loss. I am speechless in grief. May he rest in peace.

  2. Adnan Ahmad says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:08 pm

    I read this news a few hours ago but didn’t want to break it to every one. I don’t know why. Many cliches will be written in this section since they are the truth of life but I must write this much that during Faiz’ towering presence Faraz was perhaps the only poet to have built a very respectable stature and maintained it. If one went by the petty stats of number of books sold by an Urdu poet he would remain in the top for years to come.

    nazar kee dhoop mein saa’yai guhulay hein shab kee tarah
    mein kab udaas naa thaa magar naa ab kee tarah

    I paste again an azaad poem written by Anwar Seen Raayai in memory of Jon 6 years ago. This can now be recited for Faraz.


  3. ASMA says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:34 pm

    Faraz was one of the greatest poet of our times and he will be greatly missed. He was an inspiration to so many of us for his poetry. Even though we knew that this was coming, I am in full shock right now.

  4. August 25th, 2008 4:48 pm

    His poem on Sindh seems to be now true for whole Pakistan


  5. Imran says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:48 pm

    This is a blow to Pakistan’s already weakened poetry society.

  6. Zamir says:
    August 25th, 2008 5:04 pm

    InaLillah Va Ina Illehe Rajaun. Now he belongs to history. His poetry will live till the sun shines on earth.

  7. Rafy Kashmiri says:
    August 25th, 2008 5:27 pm

    @ Faraz ki Ishteraki nazmon se hat kar
    Urdu nazm-o-Ghazaliat ka aik awami sha’er
    uth gaya, unka malik Haqiqi unpar reham

  8. Allah Wasaya says:
    August 25th, 2008 6:00 pm

    Tamaam umr kahaaN joi saath deta hai
    Main jaanta hooN magar, thoRi duur saath chalo

    May God bless his soul.

  9. whole LOTA love says:
    August 25th, 2008 6:10 pm

    one of the most distinguished poets of his generation.

    Rest in peace.

  10. Roshan says:
    August 25th, 2008 6:30 pm

    Faraz Sahib was a great poet of our age gifted with enormous talent of composing wonderful worses and poems. His versatility of expression is perfectly reflected in his poems against tyranny or poetry about love.
    He was a source of inspiration for the whole nation when he courageously wrote against the dictators like Zia and Musharraf. He surrendered his medals as a symbolic and peaceful demonstration against military operation in Baluchistan. He was staunch advocate of change in Pakistan and was reported to be participating in the recent lawyers’ long march in Islamabad.
    May his soul rest in peace.

  11. August 25th, 2008 6:37 pm

    This is truly awful news. Pakistan has lost its most precious son today, the loss is insurmountable.

    However Faraz can never die, indeed FARAZ MARTE NAHIN, see my initial tribute via link below:




  12. August 25th, 2008 7:15 pm

    indeed a great loss… !

  13. Anwar says:
    August 25th, 2008 8:01 pm

    Teachers and studenst are always segregated and that is how I too maintained a safe respectabe distance between myself and Faraz though I often sat on one of the “charpais” in Teacher’s Hostel adjacent to Islamia College where he was a lecturer – never knew how famous he will become but his words were different even when I really did not understand the finer aspects of poetry at that time.
    Admiration remained and was followed by envy when he started dating our German language lecturer… both drove Volks Wagon Beatles… his was blue and her was white. Romance blossomed and then faded…
    He was indeed a great guy, a great poet and someone to miss. He survived Zia after uttering some words about Quran – smoking, drinking, boozing and all the side effects of popularity and fame finally ate him up.
    May he rest in peace – his poetry lives on.

  14. SH Kavi says:
    August 25th, 2008 8:46 pm

    dukh fasaanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n
    dil bhii maanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n

    aaj tak apanii bekalii kaa sabab
    Khud bhii jaanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n

    ek tuu harf_aashnaa thaa magar
    ab zamaanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n

    be-tarah dil hai aur tujh se
    dostaanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n

    ai Khudaa dard-e-dil hai baKhshish-e-dost
    aab-o-daanaa nahii.n ke tujh se kahe.n

  15. MQ says:
    August 25th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Jeevan, zehr bhara saagar
    kab tak amrit gholaingay

    Neend tau kiya aayegi Faraz
    Maut aayee tau so laingay

    May he rest in peace.

    @Anwar: I was also a student of that German language teacher

  16. Haxharisxrris Siddiqui says:
    August 25th, 2008 9:13 pm

    What a sad news indeed. I can not say anything more about him and his poetry than already said. He was the greatest contemporary Urdu poet and will always remain among the top of the list of great poets of all times.

    Ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhane ke liye aa
    aa phir se mujhay chorh ke jane ke liye aa

    May he rest in peace.

  17. Qaseem says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:26 pm

    Faraz was probably the greatest romantic poet of the Urdu language and we were blessed to have him and Faiz in the same times. I wonder who will or can ever fill these great shoes.

    What a tremendous loss to the world.

  18. N a D e e M says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:37 pm


  19. August 26th, 2008 12:14 am

    Khalid Hassan has written another moving tribute to Ahmad Faraz in today’s Daily Times. Excerpts from this have been added to the post above.

  20. Dr. Raza says:
    August 26th, 2008 12:27 am

    Abb uss kay shehr mein therain, keh kooch kar jaain
    Faraz aao, sitaray safar kay daikhtay haiN

    Bohat jaldi kar di Faraz nay kooch karnay mein!

  21. Imran says:
    August 26th, 2008 12:30 am

    “Faraz said in a recent conversation that his heart bleeds at the military aggression to which the people of Waziristan and Balochistan have been subjected.”

    This is a subject which has been ignored by ATP. Instead we are given amusing photos of Pakistan, as thousands of Pakistanis are dying on both sides of war. Why is this war being ignored by ATP, Why?

  22. Talha says:
    August 26th, 2008 12:40 am

    Adil Sahab, I took the liberty of quoting your post without permission here ( http://islamabad.metblogs.com/2008/08/26/ahmad-faraz-died/ ).

    I am sorry if that didn’t meet your allowance!!!

  23. YLH says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:50 am

    What a tremendous loss for humanity, Pakistaniat and Urdu poetry….

    Koi aisa mausam aya hai, koi aisee hawa chalee hai… kay sab hee chalay hain … Jaun Elia, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Munir Niazi, Ahmad Fraz….

  24. Bilal says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:53 am

    Hey I’ve heard this news a month ago… and it was relayed on GEO channel. GEO gave erroneous information. Finally we lost a great poet, and I’d say that no one was parallel like faraz. He was an amazing poet who had spent his great time in writing romantic poetry. Faraz! we will miss you. This nation misses you. Lovers miss you.

  25. Rambler says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:58 am

    Missing Faraz :(

  26. Aadil says:
    August 26th, 2008 2:31 am

    I’ve had chances to visit Faraz frequently during his last days here at the hospital I’m employed with. We sent him flowers of reverence a few days back which he couldn’t smell but he knew how dearly he was adored by the masses when he said,

    aur chahiye tujhe kitni muhabbatain Faraz,
    maao’n ne teray naam pay bacho’n ka naam rakh diya ..

    May his soul rest in eternal peace! Amen!

  27. shaziqadr says:
    August 26th, 2008 4:08 am

    anna aur jana kam hi yahi hay
    magar aa k koch ker jan shan yahi hay
    her koi madha sarra hay tere hunner ka
    her ik uttha hay sallam kerne ko

    Jane wale to ja jahan janna hay tujhe
    teri yadon ko dill main basa lain gay
    teri sochon k peyamber ilfaz
    zehan k jhrokon main saja lain gay

    ik kerdar milla tujh ko is dunya main
    tu ne us ko bhi khob nibhaya faraz.

  28. kamran says:
    August 26th, 2008 4:56 am



  29. Zindagi tu thi ya jeenay ka bahana tu tha? says:
    August 26th, 2008 5:09 am

    Yaar o aghyaar kay haathon main kamanen thi Faraz,
    Aur sub daikh rahe thay keh nishsna tu tha.

    Ina Lillahe wa ina Elahe Raje’oon!

  30. August 26th, 2008 5:17 am

    It is very sad news for Indians here Faraz Sheb has lot of his fans he is one of the best poet of this era I had read three poet very closely one is my father Shahid kabir , pravin Shakir and Ahmed faraz

    Allha janat Naseeb kare Ameen
    Sameer kabir Nagpur india

  31. abdullah says:
    August 26th, 2008 6:13 am

    Yeh mohabat bhi ha kiya rog Faraz
    jis ko bohle woh sada yaad aaya

  32. abdullah says:
    August 26th, 2008 6:23 am

    har koi apni hawa main mast phirta ha faraz
    shehr-e napursan main teri chasm-e tar dekhay ga kon

    (ab ke rut badli toh)

  33. sumairazafar@hotmail.com says:
    August 26th, 2008 6:26 am

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahee rajaioon…
    I never knew that i had a poetry streak in me, until i read Ahmed Faraz. Now he is is no more with us, i feel i have lost a part of me. May Allah rest his soul in peace!

  34. Dr. Shahid (Houston) says:
    August 26th, 2008 6:28 am

    Faraz………… we will miss you.

    may ALLAH rest you in peace

  35. abdullah says:
    August 26th, 2008 7:10 am
  36. sheepoo says:
    August 26th, 2008 9:00 am

    Inna Lillah e wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Although I had serious concerns regarding the tone of Faraz’s poetry (too negative when the people needed someone to prop them up, like Iqbal), yet he was a giant of Urdu Literature in his own right and may not be replaceable for a long time to come.

  37. Ali Khan says:
    August 26th, 2008 9:41 am

    I was fortunate to have been present at probably his last Mushaira at APPNA in DC June 2008.

    We will miss you.

  38. Jahan Zaib says:
    August 26th, 2008 11:59 am

    Inna Lillah e wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

  39. baber says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:27 pm

    neend kah kiyah karay Faraz
    moth ahay gee tho sooh lain gay

    sorry for the spell..g

    will miss him like we miss Jalid and Faiz
    When a poet dies, its like those windows that make the flow of clean air in the house close for ever.

  40. Muhammad Rizwan Malik says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:35 pm

    Inna Lillah e wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

    No words could suffice my respect for Ahmed Faraz.

    May his soul rest in peace while his legacy continues as an important part of the modern Urdu poetry.

  41. Rabia Tariq Toor says:
    August 26th, 2008 5:52 pm

    im 16 years old and mr. ahmed faraz is my favourite poet. i have memorised most of hi poetry because i love his poetry, there is alot of deepness in it… may GOD bless his soul, AMEEN……. im very sad 2 hear about his death !!!

  42. Amina Khan says:
    August 27th, 2008 8:52 am

    I started listening to the links above with a very heavy heart after hearing of this incredible loss. Then somehow came away feeling more at peace than before.

    The amazing thing about Ahmed Faraz is that he is still able to provide consolation even when we are mourning for him.
    He will never stop speaking to us and enriching our lives.
    Just try listening to “Sunna hai log usse ankh bhar ke deykthe hain” without smiling…it’s not possible.

    I am truly privileged to have been exposed to Ahmed Faraz’s work, and am thankful for his never-ending gift of language and recital that has touched so many of us.

  43. Thehrain ke kooch kar jaaen? says:
    August 28th, 2008 3:21 am

    Ab us ke shehr mein thaihrain ke kooch ker jaen
    Faraaz aao sitare safar ke dekhte hain

  44. Manzoor says:
    August 28th, 2008 6:31 am
  45. Javed Ali says:
    August 28th, 2008 11:01 pm

    He was undisputedly the best urdu poet alive.

    May Allah bless his soul (A’meen)

    Dil yeh kehta hai ke shayad ho fasurda tu bhi
    Dil ki kya baat karien dil to hai nadan janaa..

  46. Umar Saif says:
    August 31st, 2008 3:48 pm
  47. Waseem says:
    September 1st, 2008 10:06 am

    Beautiful tribute. Thank you for this. Can you please post the best places on the internet to find more poetry by Faraz on.

    We will all miss him so much.

  48. Noman Hakam Asher says:
    November 11th, 2008 1:42 pm

    i just want to say that ahmed faraz was a great great great poet. i know great word is a little word for his poetry.he was a legend poet of urdu poetry.now he is not more with us but he will always alive with us in the way of his beautiful simple and great poetry.he was not a only good poet he was also a great human.may god bless on his soul.ameen.

  49. November 15th, 2008 1:18 pm

    I m 15 years old.Ahmad Faraaz is my fav poet…i like his poetry very much…May his soul rest in heaven

  50. January 1st, 2009 12:43 am

    Moadatoan Baad Uss BewaFa Ko Daik Kar Faraz

    Itna Roaya Hoon K Socchu Toh Hunsi Aati Hai.

  51. hassan says:
    January 7th, 2009 3:29 am

    koun omar bhar ka saath daita hai aye Faraaz
    log to janazay mein kandhay badaltay raihtay hain.
    ( hassan)

  52. Hassan (from Dubai) says:
    January 7th, 2009 3:55 am

    Faraaz sahib aur oun ki shaeri hamesha hamaray aur aanay wali nasloon kay Diloon main rahay gi. bilkul hee shouroo bachpan main aik sher parha thaa dil share karnay ko kaih raha hai. faraaz sahib ka naheen kisi aour ka hai.

    Woh kaheen bhee giya louta too meray paas aaya
    bas yahee baat achi hai meray harjai ki.

  53. Dhani bux Kolachi says:
    January 22nd, 2009 2:42 am

    First of all i want to say that FARAZ was a prosticuter of the heart of every one .
    realy he was a great poet , when my great friend BAHADUR NAZ PALIJO tell me about FARAZ that was my 1st time to listening the poetry of FARAZ. and then it was not in my knowlage that he (FARAZ) is alive .
    but after 2 years when i read the morning news paper KAWISH and as i see the news of FARAZ’s death than i feel shem on my thout , realy i was feel very very hertly and i feel tears in my eyes i think that such beloved peoples like FARAZ born in senchury’s …

    and i also proud to thouts of FARAZ he said


    GOD bless him

  54. February 24th, 2009 11:56 am

    true Poetry legend!
    love his poetries

  55. faraz says:
    February 24th, 2009 8:52 pm


    I am looking for Ahmed Faraz’ sher….I don’t remember the exact words but it contains ….”kia baat hey janab, bari deer se khamosh hein……” Does any one know the complete sher.


  56. ashiq muhammad says:
    February 25th, 2009 9:50 am

    i love faraz.unn ki shairy main aik ajeeb saroor hai jis main main khoo jata hoon.Allah rest u in peace.

  57. March 18th, 2009 7:46 am

    Faraz Bhai complete shair ye ha
    ”Na iqrar na inkar bardi dair se chup ho
    kia bat ha srkar bardi dair se chup ho”

  58. Faraz SMS says:
    October 9th, 2009 8:32 pm


  59. February 24th, 2010 5:42 pm

    i love faraz poet

  60. anjaf zehra zaidi says:
    March 3rd, 2010 3:52 am

    faraz ahmad faraz was a complete poet i like him very much my favorite poet was faraz ahmad faraz may his soul rest in peace ameeen

  61. anjaf zehra zaidi says:
    March 3rd, 2010 3:53 am


  62. April 24th, 2010 10:43 am

    شاعر کبھی مرتے نہیں کیونکہ وہ اپنی شاعری کے ذریعے لوگوں کے دلوں میں زندہ رہتے ہیں فراز اسی طرح فراز آج بھی ہمارے دلوں میں زندہ ہیں

  63. aqeel butt says:
    June 14th, 2010 6:05 pm

    i like poetry of ahmad faraz. ahmad faraz was a good poet i like it,

  64. sehrish says:
    July 31st, 2010 1:36 pm

    faraz g tosi great ho

  65. Watan Aziz says:
    August 25th, 2010 8:43 am

    One day Faraz heard loud banging at his door. He rose hurriedly to open it, only to see four or five bearded men in white skullcaps. “Can you recite the Kalima?” one asked. “Why, has it changed?”, Faraz inquired.


    Asked why he had not written another poem like Mohasra, he replied, “Because I do not want to write the same poem again. In Pakistan, things do not change and, consequently, the poems I wrote in the past have not become dated.”

    And from the little I know about Faraz, this is not a prophesy, but a challenge; to all of us, to bring about the change, he so much wished he could for a better Pakistan.

    Almost always, he found himself on the wrong side of the government of the day. From Ayub, through Yahya, through Bhutto and down to Musharraf, Faraz was always viewed by the establishment as the rebel he was.

    And for this, we should always be in his debt for leading by example.

  66. March 14th, 2011 10:00 am

    Leganadry poet Ahmed Faraz died – I like this poet, this could be my first met of it and I appreciate the way it has to express.

  67. jan_zhob says:
    September 14th, 2011 5:57 pm
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