Noted Pashto poet, educationist and radio broadcaster Zeenat Anjum Khattak alias Fozia Anjum died of brain tumour at her daughter’s residence on Wednesday night in Chicago, the United States.
She has left behind three daughters. She was laid to rest in a Chicago Muslim cemetery where her family members, close relatives and colleagues attended her funeral prayers. Literary circles have termed her death an irreparable loss for Pashto.
Fozia Anjum was born on June 5, 1939 in Jahangeeri and received her early education at her village school but then got rest of education privately including masters in Psychology, Urdu and Pashto literature from University of Peshawar. She joined Pashto department, University of Peshawar as teacher and got retirement from there in 1999.
Ms Anjum used to contribute articles and features to Pashto journals on a variety of issues. She composed poetry both in Pashto and Urdu. Her lone Pashto poetry volume titled Da Ranra Pa Lor (On the way to light) was published in her lifetime. She went to the US in 2008 and joined a Pashto radio where she served as host of a popular show till a year ago when doctors diagnosed her with malignant brain tumour.