ISLAMABAD - Renowned writer, Ibrahim Joyo, called the voice of the century, passed away at the age of 102 years here on Thursday.

According to a private news channel, the deceased will be laid to rest at his native graveyard in Jamshoro, Sindh.

Being a writer, scholar and social and political worker, Joyo had a versatile career and an eventful life. He was known for his peculiar views on secularism and socialism. But besides that, he rendered services for Sindh and its people.

Joyo was born to a landless peasant in 1915 in a small village of Abaad. He received his early education from a government school in his village. He continued his school education in Sann, a village situated at a distance from his home.

In his book, Mazhar Jamil has written that the stay in Sann and getting an education there were some of the best times in Joyo’s life. He completed his matriculation from Sindh Madressatul Islam and BA from DJ Science College. He was also sent to Bombay for a Bachelor of Teaching degree by Sindh Madressa. Joyo was later appointed to teach at Sindh Madressa.

Since the writer belonged to Sindh and had first hand seen how people of his area were exploited because of lack of education and resources, he wrote a book Save Sindh Save the Continent from Feudal Lords, Capitalists and their Communalism. In the book, Joyo addressed the issue pertaining to people from his area of origin.  He also wrote to members of the Sindh Assembly, drawing their attention to several problems, including those pertaining to water, public health and education.

According to Jamil, Joyo’s book created ripples in the political circles of Sindh, therefore, termination of his services was arranged. However, this got the writer more fame in the democratic circles.

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Sindhi Language Authority Chairman Dr Abdul Ghafoor Memon expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Joyo.

Talking to APP here on Thursday, Chairman SLA Dr Abdul Ghafoor Memon, Ameen Leghari,Yousuf Sindhi,Rafique Essani,Professor Amar Sindhu & others said that Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo was a sincere man and a writer who played a vital role for promotion of Sindhi Language and Literature through his continued efforts in the field.

They said that the death of Ibrahim Joyo was a great loss of Sindhi Literature and language and his gap in Sindhi Literature will not be filled easily for the years to come.

They said the intellectual community and writers feel a great sorrow on sad demise of late Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo. They said that he was versatile writer of Sindhi Language and added that in a very difficult time he worked for the promotion of Sindhi language and literature.

They also highlighted life and achievements of Joyo, and said that due to death of Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, a chapter of Sindhi literature came to an end. They also prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.