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Tribute to Murtaza Razvi


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I SAT for hours, pen in my hand — stunned and frozen, trying to bring myself to writing a few lines in tribute to Murtaza Razvi — who is no more in this world. My association with him was a very short one. I came in contact with him when he shifted to Lahore as Dawn’s resident editor. He needed a house for himself and rented the lower portion of my house. He stayed here for one-and-a-half years.

I found him to be a thorough gentleman, an extremely down-to-earth personality. He used to call me ‘Begum Sahiba’ and my son ‘Sahib Zada Sahib’. He had a beautiful voice and had no airs about him. He used to bring presents for me from his foreign tours, respected me like his mother and always rang me and wished me on Eid days.

As a writer, he had his own style — very courageous and never compromising. He was a very well-read and highly qualified journalist. He did all his work himself. I cannot forget him. I share his family’s grief. May Allah rest his soul in peace and grant him a higher place in the life hereafter. This world was not meant for him.


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Aamir May 01, 2012 10:40pm
I miss him as you all. May Allah bless him with high rewards in the next life.
indiajones May 01, 2012 04:23pm
Begum Sahiba, but your house of which you let out a portion to this great man, is in this world, specifically Pakistan, after all. Your concluding line is enough to shake the wits out of anybody. May Allah grant you and others in our countries the privilege to provide shelter to more like him in future.
Ronnie Dsouza May 01, 2012 09:29pm
It's very nice of this kind lady, Mrs. Mamoona Arshad to write such a wonderful note in his tribute, brief, but so well putin. I have been devasted really since his death, and the way he was tortured, speaks about the brutality of those people. This brave person will always be cherished and I pray & hope the other journalists working for DAWN, keep on carrying the good work, where (late) Murtaza Razvi was forced to stop. May the almighty give his family the courage to carry on in this difficult time and hope & pray for all sane minded journalists that they be safe in god's hand. amen. When sanity will prevail in our country, god knows.?
alfin May 01, 2012 01:21pm
i share mrs. arshad's feelings about this erudite and courageous journalist. i daily looked forward to opening my online copy of the DAWN. so much style in his writings, much like a walter lippman . my deepest thoughts are with his family and friends.
Devendra May 01, 2012 06:45pm
Pakistan is a lot poorer without Murtaza Razvi. May THE GOOD LORD take him in HIS Bossom and comfort his family. My heart felt condolences to his family, DAWN and Pakistan.
Uza Syed May 01, 2012 07:39am
"Courageous", "respectful", "down-to-earth" and someone who did his work himself ------ sounds like a really nice guy, he must be a wonderful person and we lost a great human being and Pakistan a good son, with the sad demise of this our Murtaza Razvi. Yes, may he rest in eternal peace.