Perveen Shakir’s 18th Death Anniversary
Quran Khawani
26th December, 2012. Islamabad
Perveen Shakir’s 18th Death Anniversary was observed on 26th December, 2012. The Perveen Shakir Trust arranged for Quran Khawani at the graveyard. The poet’s colleagues, members and friends of the Trust laid floral wreath at the grave.

The national press and the electronic media gave full coverage to the occasion. The TV channels through-out the day ran documentaries on the poet’s life highlighting her achievements, her place in Urdu literature and poetry.

The press and electronic media’s interest on the occasion shows Perveen Shakir’s popularity even after so many years of her death. It is a proof that her poetry is widely read and appreciated. It has made its mark and a very impressive one on the literary scene of not only Pakistan but wherever Urdu is read and understood. Researchers and scholars around the world have taken great interest in her poetry. Research is being done in various universities of the world and very soon we will have some very valuable material throwing light on her work. Perveen Shakir is one of the few poets who achieved appreciation, popularity and respect at very young age.  The interest of her readers has continued and increased ever since which is a proof that her poetry is relevant to all times to come.


Sauch TV

National December 26, 2012

Perveen Shakir being remembered

K arachi: An Urdu poet, teacher and a civil servant of the Government of Pakistan Parveen Shakir is being remembered on her death anniversary today, say media reports.

A number of books of her poetry have been published. In chronological order, they are Khushboo (1977), Sud-burg (1980), Khud-Kalaami (1985), Inkaar (1990) and Maah-e-Tamaam (1994). Her first book, Khushboo, won the Adamjee award. Later she was awarded the Pride of Performance award, which is the highest award given by the Pakistan government.
On 26th December, 1994, on her way to work, her car collided with a bus and the world of modern Urdu poetry lost one of its brightest stars.

Perveen Shakir initially wrote under the pen-name of ‘Beena’. She considered Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi her ‘ustad’ and used to call him ‘Ammujaan’.

Perveen Shakir was born on 24th November, 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan. She was highly educated with two masters' degrees, one in English literature and one in linguistics from University of Karachi. She also obtained a M.P.A Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  
She was a teacher for nine years before she joined the Civil Service and worked in the Customs department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR in Islamabad.

On Dec 26th, 1994, Shakir’s car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world.

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