Shehzad Ahmed – Dawn/File photo
Shehzad Ahmed – Dawn/File photo

LAHORE, Aug 1: Shehzad Ahmed, Director of Majlis-i-Taraqqi-i-Adab and poet, died on Wednesday. He was 80.

“My father went to office as usual on Wednesday and came back at 4pm. Suddenly his condition deteriorated. He was rushed to hospital but died on the way,” Tauheed Shehzad, the poet’s younger son, told Dawn.

He said though his father had been suffering from cardiac problems, the death was not due to heart attack or any such trouble.

Shehzad Ahmed was born on April 16, 1932, in Amritsar (India). After partition he migrated to Pakistan. According to Tauheed Shehzad, his father did his matriculation in Amritsar. He did MSc in psychology from Government College, Lahore, in 1956 and in 1958 he also did MA philosophy from GC. From his college days he was into poetry and used to recite poems in different poetry sittings.

He wrote some 30 books on poetry and a number of books on psychology. He also translated books and poetic collections. He was awarded the country’s highest civil award, the Pride of Performance, during 1990s.

He is survived by two sons and three daughters. His funeral will be held near his residence, the Old Officers Colony Sadar Cantonment at Faisal Shaheed Mosque on Thursday after Asr prayers.

Amjad Islam Amjad, lauding Ahmed’s poetry, said he was a representative of the first generation of post-partition poets that counted among its ranks legends like Ahmed Faraz, Habib Jalib and John Elia.

Poet and writer Khalid Ahmed said Ahmed was also a very learned man. He had the confidence to probe subjects like psychology and philosophy through his poetry.

Playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed said Shehzad Ahmed had held aloft the torch lit by Faiz and Faraz. Recalling a meeting last week with the late poet, Asghar Nadeem Syed said he was with Ahmed at Nariang art gallery, where on every last Friday of the month Nayyer Ali Dada, the owner, hold a literary sitting. He said at the gallery Ahmed recited his three ghazals.

Poet Zafar Iqbal said they had studied together at Government College, Lahore. “We had such close family relations that I named my daughter after Ahmed’s wife.”

Prominent poetic collections of Shehzad Ahmed include Sadaf, Jalti Bhujti Ankhain, Tuta Huwa Pal, Utray Meri Khak per Sitar and Bichra Janay Ki Rut.

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Comments (12)

Iftikhar Husain
August 2, 2012 10:49 am
He was a great poet he will missed by all condolences.
Raheel
August 2, 2012 10:53 am
Ik sham wo aaye the, ik raat farozaan thi Wo sham nahen lauti, wo raat nahen aayi.
ALi
August 2, 2012 1:09 pm
Great poet Indeed!
Imtiaz Faruqui
August 2, 2012 2:06 pm
KOPALAIN PHIR PHOOT AIEN SHAKH PAR KEHNA USAY, WO NA SUMJA HAI NA SUMJAY GA MAGAR KEHNA USAY. GOD BLESS HIM, I SPOKE TO THIS GREAT PERSON ON PHONE ONCE OR TWIC KOPALAIN PHIR PHOOT AEIN SHAKH PAR KEHNA USAY, WO NA SUMJA HAI NA SUMJAY GA MAGAR KEHNA USAY. I HAD SPOKEN TO THIS GREAT PERSON FEW TIMES ON PHONE. GOD BLESS HIM.
Syed Ibtisam Ali
August 2, 2012 1:08 pm
Sad news indeed! RIP Sir~
RAA
August 2, 2012 8:30 am
U will b missed :(. Inna lillah e wa inna ilaih e raje'oon
Afzal Mir
August 2, 2012 5:54 pm
Great loss. He will be missed.. May Allah bless his soul.
Chunmukhnan
August 2, 2012 6:22 pm
Mujh Se Dekhe Na Jate The Totate Sitaray Mein So Gia Mujhe Kuch Na Kuch To Kerna Tha Lo Aaj Yeh Waqia he so gia...RIP Shehzad!
Abeer Zaidi
August 2, 2012 8:22 pm
It is a great loss for Urdu literature !
Bilal
August 2, 2012 8:58 pm
this is not a good year.
Zubaida
August 3, 2012 2:50 am
Ahmad Shehzad,a noble person and an inspiring poet will be most remembered during Muharram when he will not be seen reciting " salaams" in Musalimas on TV.His homage to Hazrat Imam Husain Alehissalam in his poems was always full of true feelings of a person who believed in challenging the falsehood with utmost courage and bravery.May he be awarded by Allah for his noble thoughts and deeds.
Mustafa Razavi
August 3, 2012 4:05 am
Innal Allah Wa Ina Alahe Rajoon. An Icon of Urdu Tahzeeb has concluded his service to our nation. Rest in peace. My prayers to the bereaved family. May Allah give them Sabar to bear this great loss. May Allah grant shelter to the departed soul in it's blessed abode. Ameen.
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