LAHORE - While paying rich tributes to Waris Shah at a conference held here on Thursday, writers and intellectuals declared him the Shakespear of Punjabi language.

Those who attended the the Waris Shah Conference at Nasser Bagh here were former president Lahore High Court Bar Association Jahangir A Jhoja, Maqsood Ahmed Chughtai, Professor Nazar Bhinder, Najma Shaheen, Khalid Nasar, Shagufta Ghazal Hashmi and others.

Speakers said that Waris Shah’s book ‘Heer Ranjha’ is a master piece of Punjabi language. His poetry is not only a source of amusement for people but it has also strengthend social and cultural values.

Awards were also given to Naeem Murtaza and others for their literary and cultural services on the occasion.

Waris Shah (1706 – 1798) was a Punjabi poet, best-known for his seminal work Heer, based on the Punjabi love legend of Heer and her lover Ranjha. Heer is considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature. His verse is a treasure-trove of Punjabi phrases, idioms and sayings. His minute and realistic depiction of details of Punjabi life and the political situation in the 1700s, remains unique. The amazing poetic mould that he worked within has not been bettered by any of his successors till date.