Death – Eminent poet Sarfraz Shahid passes away

Death – Obituary

ISLAMABAD: Eminent Urdu humorous poet Sarfraz Shahid passed away after a protracted illness in Islamabad on Sunday, local media reported.

His funeral prayers would be offered after Asr Namaz. The funeral prayers would be offered at the H-8 graveyard in Islamabad. Sarfraz Shahid was born in Ghakhar Mandi in Gujranwala. He had served at the Met office for 30 years before he retired as a director. He had written over 30 books — including seven of comic poetry.

Moreover, he was a recipient of numerous awards — including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Amir Khusro Award and Pride of Performance. He was one of the celebrated humorous poets of the country and equally popular at home and abroad.

On April 07 2017, the then president Mamnoon Hussain conferred the Pride of Performance Award on Sarfraz Shahid in recognition of his extraordinary services in the field of literature. Shahid had authored over 30 books — including seven collections of original humorous poetry, namely Bila Takaluf, Kuch To Kahiay, Hera Phery, Chokay, Dish Antenna, Gufta Shagufta and Chokay Chakkay.

According to Shahid, Asadullah Khan Ghalib was the “best poet” in the world as he changed poetry patterns in Urdu and Persian and introduced a new way of presenting serious issues in a humorous way.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.