Romance, resistance recurring themes in Faraz poetry: Shibli

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Faraz poetry gives inspiration to the oppressed: Fateh Malik

Zubair Qureshi

Ahmad Faraz’s poetry covers the past, present and future. In his poetry, we see the recurring themes of ro-mance and resistance which gives him a universal appeal.

These views were expressed by Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Shibli Faraz, Wednesday, at a reference/prayer ceremony marking 13th anniver-sary of the poet.

The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in collabo-ration with the literary and cultural organization Zawiyah had organized the event that was attended by eminent poets and writers of our times.

Shibli Faraz was the chief guest at the ceremony that paid glowing tribute to his father.
Earlier, Shibli Faraz and Chairman PAL, Dr. Yousuf Khushk along with writers visited the grave of Ahmad Faraz in H-8 graveyard and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha.

On this occasion, Saadi Faraz, Dr. Ehsan Akbar, Haleem Qureshi, Jamil Yusuf, Muhammad Hameed Shahid, Akhtar Usman, Anjum Khaliq, Mehboob Zafar, Haider Farooq, Khaliq-ur-Rehman, Farrukh Jamal, Afshan Abbasi, Naeem Fatima Alvi, Bihar Ali Bihar (Swabi) & other writers and officers & staff of the PAL prayed for eternal bliss of the de-parted soul.

Later, a brief ceremony to remember Faraz and discuss his life and works held at the conference hall of the PAL Shibli Faraz said that Ahmad Faraz was not only a great poet of his time but his poetry also covered the past, the present and the future. His poetry is a bea-con for the times to come and especially for the new generation. “I am often guided by his poetry,” he said.

The minister was of the view that the creative ability was bestowed on Ahmad Faraz by Allah and he never betrayed the trust given to him by Allah, the role given to him, he fulfilled it well.

He worked not for himself but for the welfare of the society and lived his life without any greed. He thanked the Chairman, PAL Dr. Yousuf Khushk and all the other participants for refreshing their memo-ries of Ahmed Faraz.

Prof. Fateh Mohammad Malik said that Ahmad Faraz was not only a great poet but he was also our national hero. He always stood by the truth and fought relentlessly against the exploitative forces. We must recognize Ahmed Faraz as a hero, he said.

Dr. Yousuf Khushk, Chairman, PAL, said that Ahmad Faraz was the first head of the PAL. He is still a popular poet of today and will always be popular. Undoubtedly, his poetry is a beacon for our new generation, said he.

Chairman, PAL said that today we need to cultivate resistance in Ahmed Faraz’s poetry and positive and constructive thinking and we should benefit from his vision.

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