KARACHI: Poet Naqqash Kazmi died of coronavirus here on Saturday. He was 78. He leaves behind two sons and a daughter.

Mr Kazmi was born on July 8, 1943 in Jaunpur in pre-partition India. A website dedicated to him mentions Feb 22, 1944 as his date of birth. His family migrated to Pakistan after independence. He graduated from S.M. Science College in 1962, and went on to obtain masters in Linguistics and Urdu Literature in 1970 and 1972, respectively, from the University of Karachi. As a professional, he worked with Pakistan Telecommunication.

Mr Kazmi authored quite a few books, but two of his collections of poems Chandni Aur Samandar and Rukh-i-Sailab earned him popularity among critics and readers of literature alike.

Mr Kazmi’s funeral prayers were held after Maghrebain at Masjid Babul Ilm, North Nazimabad. He was laid to rest in Wadi-i-Hussain.

Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2021

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