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.

More From This Section

Journalist Hamid Mir injured in gun attack in Karachi

The incident took place on Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan area when the gunmen opened fire on his vehicle around 5:30pm

Musharraf lands in Karachi amid tight security

The port city has been on high alert with roads being cordoned off for the former president's security.

Three militants killed in Balochistan‏ violence

Three militants were killed after an attack on a FC patrol in Balochistan's Panjgoor district, an official said.

SC has learnt to bolster democracy, says chief justice

Authority of SC may be extended to a number of areas from which it has historically maintained a distance, said CJ.

Comments are closed.

Comments (17)

September 17, 2012 1:03 am
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.
September 16, 2012 5:42 am
May Allah grant her eternal peace, a great writer who will always have her impact on urdu literature.
Zafar Malik
September 15, 2012 2:10 pm
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
September 16, 2012 2:51 pm
May Allah forgive her sins and grant her aplace in junnah.Ameen. She was one of the great urdu writers.
Amjed Ahmed
September 16, 2012 1:46 am
May Allah rest the soul in peace, Ameen.
masroor durrani
September 16, 2012 12:14 am
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
September 16, 2012 6:03 am
A legendary figure of Urdu literature is no more. Rest in peace Hajra Masroor.
September 16, 2012 12:01 am
sorry naveed on your loss,samina sattar
masroor durrani
September 17, 2012 3:52 am
To my dear yasir. Thank you for your informative coments Masroor durrani USA
shamim iqbal
September 17, 2012 5:58 am
Mr zafar Malik I agree we must honour the great icon.
September 16, 2012 12:39 pm
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)
September 16, 2012 9:05 am
RIP. Her story sound a little sad. No recognition in her life time. We are a nation of dead worshipers.
Ahsan Iftikhar (@Ahsan_Iftikhar)
September 16, 2012 11:08 am
May her soul rest in piece. Inalillah lillah hi wa ina ilhi rajioun.
September 15, 2012 6:08 pm
A great loss for Urdu Adab. RIP Ms. Masroor.
September 15, 2012 5:08 pm
Inna Lillahe wa inna ilaihe rajeoon. May her soul rest in piece
September 15, 2012 5:01 pm
You were from my native place RIP:(
September 15, 2012 2:24 pm
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
From The Newspaper