Parveen Shakir remembered on 26th death anniversary

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Zubair Qureshi

Like every year, this year too Parveen Shakir’s friends and fans gathered at her grave in the H-8 graveyard in the cold wintry but sunny day of December (Saturday) to warm their hearts with the memories of the great poetess who lived and served in Islamabad and died here too, on Dec 26, 1994 composing women representative poems.
On this occasion, rich tributes were paid to the ‘spokesperson’ of women’s feelings for her contributions to Urdu literature.
The credit to relive her memory also goes to her fast friend and former federal secretary Parveen Qadir Agha who organizes the annual floral wreath laying on her friend’s grave and offering of Fateha.
She is also Chairperson of the Parveen Shakir Trust (PST).
Along with members of the trust including Majid Qureshi, Muhammad Siddique, Rubina Siddique, members of a special contingent of the Pakistan Customs sent by Collector Customs Dr Asif Mehmood Jah, Parveen Shakir’s batch mate Nazim Saleem, Zaheer Dar (Customs) fans of Parveen Shakir and lovers of her poems the PST chairperson offered Fateha after laying floral wreath on the grave of Shakir.
Parveen Shakir’a poetry collections “Khushbu” and others are among the best sellers even today. She was an officer of Income Tax group in Islamabad and met a fatal accident that claimed her life on Dec 26, 1994 while she was on her way to office. At that time, she was only 42.

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