KARACHI  - Renowned feminist writer of Pakistan and author of several books and short stories in Urdu Hajra Masroor passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 82 years in Karachi.

Hajra Masroor had been advocating for the social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.

She also received several awards including Pride of Performance for best writer in 1995, Nigar Award for best script writer and Aalmi Frogh-e-Urdu Adab Award.

Hajra was born on January 17, 1930, in Lucknow (India) to Dr Zahoor Ahmad Khan who was a doctor in the British army. She began writing from her childhood. After partition she and her sister migrated to Pakistan and settled in Lahore.

She married Ahmad Ali Khan, who was editor of daily Dawn. She has two daughters and is the younger sister of Khadija Mastoor, a great writer in the history of Urdu literature.

She also edited literary magazine ‘Naqoosh’ with Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi.

She had shown her appearance in the history of Urdu literature and fiction with bold imagination and writing of short stories in a non-traditional way.

Some of her famous short stories are: ‘Chand Ke Doosri Taraf’, ‘Tisri Manzil’, ‘Andhere Ujale’, ‘Chori Chhupe’, ‘Ha-ai Allah’ and ‘Woe Log’.