Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi dies
LAHORE: Celebrated poet, short story writer and columnist Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi passed away at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology on Monday.
Qasmi, 89, was admitted to the hospital after a severe Asthma attack on Saturday, his friends told Daily Times. They said Qasmi’s condition was critical for the last several days. His asthma had aggravated several times in the past, they added.
Qasmi breathed his last between 8 and 9am on Monday, leaving behind a daughter and a son, his granddaughter Neelam said. His wife had passed away in 1993, and his daughter in 1995, she said.
He was laid to rest at Almashaikh graveyard in Millat Park. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, including former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Iftakhar Arif, Dr Wazir Agha, Amjad Islam Amjad, Mashkoor Hussain Yad, Kishwar Naheed, Bano Qudsia, Ayub Khawar, Dr Saleem Akhtar, Tariq Aziz, Shujaat Hashmi, Intazar Hussain, Dr Younus Butt, PTV General Manager Tariq Saeed, IA Rehman, Shehzad Ahmed, Amjad Pervaiz and Punjab governor Khalid Maqbool.
The governor said Pakistan had lost a literary and cultural icon, and the government would set up an academy in his name to pay homage to him.
Naveen, his other granddaughter, said he had written three ghazals and a short story very recently. He would be celebrated for ages, she said. shoaib ahmed and hina butt