Renowned writer Hajra Masroor passes away

KARACHI: Well-known literary personality and Urdu fiction and drama writer Hajra Masroor passed away early Saturday, DawnNews reported.

Masroor achieved a prominent position in the world of Urdu literature through her writings and continues to hold a special place in her readers’ hearts.

She had migrated to Pakistan after Partition. According to her national identity card, she was born on Jan 17, 1930. However, Ahmed Hussain Siddiqui has mentioned her year of birth as being 1929 in one of his books. Other articles about her also mention 1929 as her year of birth.

Masroor was a native of Lucknow in India. Her father was a doctor in the British Army and her mother was also a courageous woman in her own right.

Anthologies of Masroor’s works have been widely published and include: ‘Chand ki Doosri Taraf’, ‘Teesri Manzil’, ‘Andheray Ujalay’, ‘Chori Chupey’, ‘Haye Allah’ and ‘Charkhay”.

She also wrote the script for the 1965 Pakistani film ‘Aakhri Station’.

Masroor, who had been married to Ahmed Ali Khan, who was the editor of Dawn  for 28 years, became practically a recluse following her husband’s death in 2007.

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Sep 17, 2012 01:03am
I was shocked to read about the sad demise of Hajra Masroor .She was a legend of Urdu fiction.Her services for promotion of freedom of thought and expression will be remembered for ever.
Sep 16, 2012 05:42am
May Allah grant her eternal peace, a great writer who will always have her impact on urdu literature.
Zafar Malik
Sep 15, 2012 02:10pm
Ankh se doore sahi dil say kahan jaye ga Jaany waly tou hamain yaad bahot aye ga. She was an icon of Urdu literature. May her soul rest in peace.
N. Burki
Sep 16, 2012 02:51pm
May Allah forgive her sins and grant her aplace in junnah.Ameen. She was one of the great urdu writers.
Amjed Ahmed
Sep 16, 2012 01:46am
May Allah rest the soul in peace, Ameen.
masroor durrani
Sep 16, 2012 12:14am
I have noted that her literary works probably remain shielded from the govt type organizations . I do not see her acknowledged. No awards like things. sad and very sad. masroor durrani usa
Vaqar Ahmed
Sep 16, 2012 06:03am
A legendary figure of Urdu literature is no more. Rest in peace Hajra Masroor.
Sep 16, 2012 12:01am
sorry naveed on your loss,samina sattar
masroor durrani
Sep 17, 2012 03:52am
To my dear yasir. Thank you for your informative coments Masroor durrani USA
shamim iqbal
Sep 17, 2012 05:58am
Mr zafar Malik I agree we must honour the great icon.
Sep 16, 2012 12:39pm
You are clearly mistaken. Despite her writings being staunchly feminist, Hajra Masroor was revered by Urdu literature readers. She won the 1965 Nigar Award and in 1995 was the recipient of the highest civilian award Pride of Performance in 1995.
Who_Sane (USA)
Sep 16, 2012 09:05am
RIP. Her story sound a little sad. No recognition in her life time. We are a nation of dead worshipers.
Ahsan Iftikhar (@Ahsan_Iftikhar)
Sep 16, 2012 11:08am
May her soul rest in piece. Inalillah lillah hi wa ina ilhi rajioun.
Sep 15, 2012 06:08pm
A great loss for Urdu Adab. RIP Ms. Masroor.
Sep 15, 2012 05:08pm
Inna Lillahe wa inna ilaihe rajeoon. May her soul rest in piece
Sep 15, 2012 05:01pm
You were from my native place RIP:(
Sep 15, 2012 02:24pm