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Date of Birth: February 13th, 1911
Place: Sialkot (Punjab), Pakistan
Faiz’s mother was Sultan Fatima. Faiz’s father died in Sialkot in 1913. Faiz’s father was a learned man and enjoyed the company of well-known literary persons. Wrote the biography of Amir Abdur Rehman. Faiz was therefore, born in a respectable and literary environment and was a very promising student with a religious background.Primary Education: Started memorizing the Holy Quran at the age of four and in 1916 started his formal education in the famous school of Moulvi Ibrahim Sialkoti, and learnt Urdu, Persian and Arabic. Was admitted to the Scotch Mission High School in 1921 in Class IV. Passed his Matriculation Examination in the 1st Division from Murray College, Sialkot and during this period learnt Persian and Arabic from Allama Iqbal’s teacher, Shamsul Ullama Moulvi Syed Meer Hasan.
College Education: Passed his B.A. (Honours) in Arabic from the Government College, Lahore and then M.A. in English from the same College in 1932. Passed his M.A. in Arabic in the 1st Division, from Oriental College, Lahore.
Employment: Lecturer in English at M. A. O. College, Amritsar in 1935 and then at Hailey College of Commerce, Lahore. Joined the Army as Captain in 1942 and worked in the department of Public Relations in Delhi. Was promoted to the rank of Major in 1943, and Lieut. Colonel in 1944. Resigned from The Army in 1947 and returned to Lahore, where, in 1959 appointed as Secretary, Pakistan Arts Council and worked in that capacity till 1962. Returning from London in 1964 he settled down in Karachi and was appointed as Principal, Abdullah Haroon College , Karachi. Editorship of the monthly magazine Adabe-Latif from 1947 to 1958. Worked as Editor under the Progressive Papers Ltd, of the Pakistan Times, the Urdu newspaper Imroze and the weekly Lailo-Nihar. In the 1965 war between India & Pakistan he worked in an honorary capacity in the Department of Information. Acted as Editor of the magazine Lotus in Moscow, London and Beirut.
Marriage & Children: In March 9th, arrested under Safety Act and charged in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy case, and having borne the hardships of imprisonment for four years and one month in the jails of Sargodha, Montgomery (now Sahiwal) Hyderabad and Karachi, was released on April 2nd, 1955.
Mr. Muhammad Abdul Rauf Siddiqui was born in Nawabshah on 15 April 1961. Got secondary level education from Nawabshah and B.A. from University of Karachi.
After completing education, he shifted to middle east, where he engaged himself in numerous socio welfare organization; one being “Monhibban-e-Pakistan. He headed this Middle East based organization for about ten years. One of the main objects of this was to focus & solve the issues/difficulties being faced by Pakistani residents in middle east countries, which he has been doing successfully.
Interesting being Engineer by education he is poet, writer and columnist also, and well known in the circle. His poetry book in urdu “Guftar-pe-Taazeerain” has recently been published.
In 1988, Mr. Rauf Siddiqui joined MQM and was nominated to contest in general election for National Assembly constituency No: NA 242 and Provincial Assembly from constituency No :PS 115. By his 24 hours canvassing and by the grace of Almighty, he was elected from both the constituencies. Later, as party policy, he resigned from National Assembly. Again in general election of 2008, he contested and was elected from Provincial constituency No: PS 115
In appreciation of his honest, sincere and devoted services, he was given the position of Minister of Excise and Taxation where he served from Jan 01 2003 to March 2008
Main facility extended during this tenure was the waiver of property tax on house upto 120 sq. yds. He was upgraded to hold charge as Minister, Internal Affairs (Home Ministry) where he served from July 01 2004 to August 2006. There he was famous in upgrading the police status in matter of schooling their children and reasonably raising the salaries. He had still more planes for the police with a view to minimizing the financial corruption. And then he served September 2006 to November 2007 as Minister Culture, Tourism & Social Welfare. Another landmark to his credit is the launching of official awards to be presented to the Naat Khwans on their extra ordinary performances. This ceremony takes place in the last Ashra of the holy month of Ramazan. The same awards have never been announced earlier in the world’s history.
Presently he is serving as Minister for Industries & Trade in present set up of coalition Government.
I belong to a family that has produced some great names in literature. Moulana Ismaael Meerthi was the father of my maternal grandfather. My maternal forefathers belong to Meerth while my paternal forefathers belong to Muradabad. I was born in Aurangabad, Dukkan where I received my primary education. I received education in a very nice environment. Our teachers included Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians. I had interests in paintings initially. We were also taught English, Persian, Arabic, Hindi etc. The school that I studied in used to be held from morning to evening. There we used to learn carpentering, sewing and knitting etc., so it was a very compressive education system. We used to extremely enjoy our education. At home, our family had great interests in literature. My brothers used to have their separate collection of books. We used to sit around a table and would read different pages of a novel or other book one by one. By doing this, we used to correct our pronunciation and other aspects of language. So this is the sort of environment which I received in my initial days.
We migrated to Karachi in 1950 before living in Bombay for 1 year. I did matriculation from Karachi. I took science and did BSC with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics being my subjects. Then I did 3 MAs; in English, Urdu and Linguistics. I started my career in teaching from Baluchistan University in 1973. Then I joined the Karachi University in the end of 1974. Then in 1995 to 1998 I remained head of department. Afterwards, for 2 years, I remained chief editor and secretary in Urdu Dictionary Board. I have also been the Chairman of Literary Committee of Arts Council. The government of Pakistan awarded me Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2005. I have represented Pakistan in 17 counties. I have also taught Urdu in China and Japan and did research as well in these countries.
As regards my family, I have 3 daughters. One of them is a well-known poetess and critic. She has also represented Pakistan in India and UAE. My wife has done MA in Urdu and then she did a course in Homoeopathic and now she is running a clinic.(Kalpoint)
Noshi Gillani is a poetess who born in Pakistan on 1964 in Bahawalpur, South Punjab but lives in United States. She is one of the Urdu leading poets in Pakistan. She has successfully published five collections of poetry. Her poetry collection published in Pakistan Includes:
Mohabatain Jab Sumar Kurna (When you count affections, 1993)
Udas Honay Kay Din Naheen (These are not the days of sadeness, 1997)
Pehla Lafz Mohabat Likha (The first word of love, 2003)
Selected poems like Ay Meeray Shareek-E-Risal-E-Jaan, Hum Tera Intezaar Kurtey Rahey (O my beloved, I kept waiting for you, 2008).
In 2008 her poems were read in U.K after translation at Poetry Translation Centre’s World Poets Tour. She presented her tribute to well known folk singer Pathanay Khan, sponsored by Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).
She got married with another poet Saeed khan on October 25, 2008. Her mother Mrs. Sarwer Gillani was a professor of literature, Urdu and Persian languages. She is a member of younger generation of female poets. Her experience of living in US shows a notable impact on her significant number of poems. Living through Diaspora has increased the complexity of her poems and reinforced her sense of female identity and introduced a new revolution against restraint creative writers in Pakistani society. These ideas became the base of her poems like
This prisoner breathes
To catch butterflies…
The breeze rewrites
Can someone bring me my entire being
I say nothing anywhere
The flower is torn at the heart
Noshi Gillani is most renowned Urdu poetess of eighties and eager with great creative dynamism. Her publications earn virtue of popularity because readers like her mushaira and nazams.
Samina Raja is a well known Pakistani Urdu poetess, blue-penciler, decoder, writer, broadcaster and mentor. She was born in 11th September 1961 in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan. Her residence is in Islamabad and she has master degree in Urdu Literature from Punjab University Lahore. She works in National Language Authority as a subject specialist. She started writing poetry in 1973 and has published her 12 books of poetry including “2 Kulliat and 1 selection of her romantic poetry so far”. She has written her some books in Urdu prose and translated some valuable work from English to Urdu. She joined national book foundation as a professional advisor and editor of monthly “Kitab” in 1998.
She also joined monthly “Aassar” in 1998 as an editor. She has been conducting “All Pakistan Mushairas” as a broadcaster since 1995 on PTV “Pakistan Television”. Samina Raja has also presented a long series of famous scholarly program “Urdu Adab Main Aurat Ka Kirdar” (The Role of Woman in Urdu Literature) on Pakistan Television. Samina Raja has planning to bring out new literary magazine “Khwabgar” (The Dream Maker) and “Ahmad Faraz (a great Urdu poet) number. She has been writing since 1973.
Anwar Masood is a well known Pakistani comic poet but he has also done other genres works. He writes poetry in Urdu, Punjabi and Persian. He was born in Gujrat on 8th November 1935 and migrated to Lahore in 1941. He also got early education form Lahore. Later on in 1947 he went backed to Gujrat and done matriculation from “Public School”. He studies at “Zamindara College Gujrat” and achieved degree of B.A Honor. He taught in Government Islamia High School, Kunjah. He got masters degree in Persian from “Oriental College, Lahore in 1961 and attain gold medal. He started his career as a lecturer in 1962 and taught in different colleges. He got retirement in 1996. Anwar Masood is a multilingual poet. He teaches Persian language and also a poet of Persian, Urdu and Punjabi. His poetry provides message and reflection of original and true culture of Punjab.
He is the only poet who is popular among a lot of people. He describes different aspects of real life in his poetry that has never been described before. His some poems has become so popular in people that when ever he read out his poetry people requested him to recite their poetry again and again before them. His most popular poetry includes “Anar Kali Diyan Shana, Juma Bazaar Jehlam Da Pul, Aj Ke Pakaeay, Umree” and many more.