ISLAMABAD: Eminent Urdu poetess Parveen Shakir’s death anniversary was observed on Thursday across the country.
Born on November 24, 1952, in Karachi, she was a noted poetess, teacher and a civil servant. She did her master in English literature and linguistics from the Karachi University.
She was a professor at the Karachi University and Trinity College, Connecticut, USA, for nine years before joining the civil services, where she served in the Customs department.
In 1986, she was appointed the second secretary, Central Board of Revenue (CBR), in Islamabad.
In 1990, she taught at the Trinity College, Connecticut, USA, and then did her masters in public administration from the Harvard University in 1991.
She married Naseer Ali, a doctor by profession, whom she later divorced. She is survived by her son Syed Murad Ali.
Her unique honour was that when she appeared in the Central Superior Services Examination in 1982, there was a question regarding her poetry in the Urdu literature paper. Her work was a breath of fresh air in Urdu poetry.
She used the first person feminine pronoun, which is rarely used in Urdu poetry even by female poets.
The feminine perspective of love and the associated social problems were her theme.
Critics compare her poetry to that of Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.
Her first book, Khushboo, which was published when she was just 25 years old, won the Adamjee Award, while her second collection of poetry Khud-Kalami was also widely admired. Later she was awarded the Pride of Performance.
Upon her death, the Parveen Shakir Trust was established by her close friend, Parveen Qadir Agha.
The Parveen Shakir Trust organises a yearly function and gives out the Aks-e-Khushbo Award.
Parveen Shakir, 42, died in a road accident on December 26, 1994.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Post on Thursday issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 10 denomination on Perveen Shakir’s death anniversary.
On this occasion, a stamp inauguration ceremony was organised at the General Post Office (GPO) Melody.
Pakistan Post Additional Director General Fazli Sattar Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing the participants, he said that one million commemorative postal tickets had been released and were available at all general post offices across the country.
He said that similar functions was organised in other cities, including Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar.
A large number of people and senior officials of Pakistan Post attended the inauguration ceremony.
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