Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui.~Photo courtesy karachidigest.com

KARACHI: Dr Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, critic, educationist and a scholar of Urdu literature, passed away here on Wednesday. He was 74.

He was admitted to hospital a couple of weeks ago when his blood pressure shot up, affecting his brain and kidneys.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters.

Dr Siddiqui was born in Amroha (India) in 1938. He migrated to Pakistan in 1948 and acquired his early education at the Christian Mission School, an institution from where Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah also had his early schooling.

Dr Siddiqui passed his intermediate examination from D.J. Science College in 1953 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Karachi in 1962.

An avid knowledge-seeker, he did not stop at that and did a doctorate of literature in Pakistan Studies from Karachi University.

Dr Siddiqui wrote a number of books, mainly critical analyses, which gained popularity among literary and book-reading circles. Some of them were Tawazun, Nishanat and Croche Ki Sarguzisht. He was known for critically analysing works of fiction and poetry and putting them into historical context.

Dr Siddiqui wrote a column for Dawn under the pen Name, Ariel, for two decades. He wrote for other publications as well. He held an important post at Biztek University at the time of his death. He had also taught at Hamdard University.

Dr Siddiqui was a recipient of the President’s pride of performance award as well as of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz.

He was buried at the Sakhi Hasan graveyard.

Soyem will be held at Farooq-i-Azam Masjid after Friday prayers.

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Masood Mehdi
January 10, 2013 11:45 am
Dr. Siddiqui life gave us lesson of struggling in life for knowledge and wisdom. There is no doubt about his knowledge and as muslim , we all have to strive for enhancing our education and knowledge. Reg,
Gerry D'Cunha
January 10, 2013 11:46 am
Dr Siddiqui was my office colleague in karachi and a good friend - I met him in London some few years back - May his soul rest in peace.
January 10, 2013 2:24 pm
Rest in Peace. May Allah grant you a place in Paradise
Ray Alif
January 10, 2013 2:35 pm
Is it possible to get a link to the archives of articles written under the pen name "Ariel". Thanks.
Azim Abbas
January 10, 2013 6:12 pm
I worked with Dr Siddiqui for few years in Biztek university and found him the finest & the simplest person known to me. A person of his caliber are not born every day, a great loss to the country. A humble and a noble person who loved everyone finally left all of us. Dr Siddiqui will be missed and remembered for ages.
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