Bano Qudsia laid to rest

Staff Reporter

Famous novelist, playwright and short story writer Bano Qudsia was laid to rest in a local graveyard. Earlier her funeral prayer was offered at a mosque in Model Town’s E Block.
Noted literary figures and people from different walk of life attended the funeral.
Bano Qudsia passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday in Lahore after protracted illness. Ms Qudsia was a towering literary figure and her writings were popular both inside and outside the country.
She had been ill for the last several years but her condition deteriorated a week ago owing to multiple complications.
Ms Qudsia was born on Nov 28, 1928 in Ferozepur, India, and came to Pakistan after partition. She was fond of writing since she was a child and had begun writing short stories when she was in class 5. She graduated from the Kinnaird College in Lahore and completed her masters in Urdu from the Government College, Lahore, in 1951.
Though she gained much acclaim for the plays she penned for radio and TV, her novel Raja Gidh (The Vulture King) earned her accolades within the country and outside.
One of her plays, Aadhi Baat, is considered a classic. Among her more prominent writings are Aatish-i-zer-i-paa, Aik Din, Amer Bail, Asay Pasay, Chahar Chaman, Chhotaa Sheher Baray Log, Footpath ki Ghaas, Hasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam, among others. She was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2003 and Hilal-1-Imtiaz in 2010.

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