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Renowned writer Hajra Masroor passes away

Published Sep 15, 2012 10:55am

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.