LAHORE - Renowned Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain died of blood cancer in Lahore Saturday. He was 84.

He remained under treatment at a private hospital in Defence and was shifted home only a few days ago.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of renowned Urdu writer and novelist Abdullah Hussain who passed away in Lahore Saturday morning.

The prime minister also visited the residence of PML-N former minister Zahid Hamid in Lahore to extend his condolences on the death of his wife Ms Shehnaz Zahid and later visited the residence of Javed Iqbal, a leading businessman in Faisalabad, to offer his condolences on the death of his mother.

In his condolence message on the death of renowned writer and novelist to his family, premier extended his heartfelt condolences while lauding the services rendered by him towards the promotion of national language and towards enrichment of Urdu literature.

The prime minister regarded his death as a loss to the nation especially the literary circles. He prayed that Allah almighty may rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant patience to the aggrieved family to bear this loss.

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari also condoled the death of renowned writer and intellectual Abdullah Hussain who passed away on Saturday morning in Lahore after protracted illness.

The former president in his condolence message said that he was shocked and grieved over the death of Abdullah Hussain who was a distinguished novelist and a towering character in literature.

Abdullah Hussain’s novel Udas Naslain is regarded as bible of Urdu literature and his writings illuminated Urdu literature. His books were translated in several languages and are part of curriculum in several universities all around the world. His intellect was unmatched and his connect with the common people was immense. He will be missed by literary circles all over the world especially Pakistan.

Asif Ali Zardari prayed to Almighty Allah to grant his soul eternal peace and strength and fortitude to family and friends to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.