Legend Qudratullah Shahab remembered

Islamabad–The 99th birth anniversary of eminent Urdu writer and civil servant Qudratullah Shahab is being observed on Friday (Feb 26) across the country. He was born in Gilgit in 1917 and was known for his autobiography, Shahab Nama. His father was a student at Muslim Anglo Oriental College and a prot e under the supervision of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
Shahab started writing in his early days both in Urdu and English languages. At the young age of 16, he won an international essay competition organized by the Readers Digest, London. He graduated from Prince of Wales College, Jammu, and later from Government College Lahore.
According to his autobiography, he spent his childhood in Eastern Punjab near Chamkor Sahib, Ropar (Rupnagar) District. He was selected for Indian Civil Service in 1940 and later volunteered to serve in Bengal during the famine of 1943.
After coming to Pakistan he was first posted in the Ministry of Commerce as a Deputy Secretary and then as Chief Secretary of the new state of Azad Kashmir at Muzaffarabad.—APP

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