ISLAMABAD - Eminent educationist, intellectual and a respected literary figure Prof Khwaja Masud was laid to rest in Islamabad Graveyard on Sunday. A large number of mourners attended his funeral prayer and bade farewell to the fatherly figure who taught, motivated and left lasting imprints on minds of generations of people living in the country in general and those of the twin cities in particular. Intellectuals, academics, scholars and students expressed their grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Khwaja Masud who breathed his last on Saturday. Khwaja Masud was born in Attock district in 1922. His grandfather Allama Alifdin Nafees was a renowned scholar and a friend of Allama Iqbal. His father Khwaja Mahmood was a legal practitioner. The whole family was involved in the Freedom Movement, following Sir Syed and Iqbal they were trying to redefine character of the Muslim youth for coming challenges of independence. He got his early education from Sialkot and got masters degree in mathematics from government college Lahore in 1944 and joined Gordon College Rawalpindi as a lecturer, later he was appointed as Principal of the same college. Prof Masud attracted by Marxist thought started reading Marxist literature along with Russian classics of Chekhov Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky. During this period he also joined study circles and inspired young students like artist Ali Imam and Abid Hassan Manto. He was also associated with the group of the Marxists, working with military officers to bring change in the government. During this period he was a great help for the promotion of trade unionist movement at Progressive Writers Association in Rawalpindi. As principal of the college he was a strict disciplinarian, on an occasion he had said, I never took any disciplinary action against any teacher or student. I just disciplined myself. I had earned the right to be severe after teaching for 30 years and having taught their fathers. Khwaja Masud was a man of enlightenment in its true sense. He tried to approach readers through reason. All his articles in different journals and newspapers are testimony to this approach. Nothing was left from his scathing eyes but his criticism was positive and reflected character of a gentle teacher. In his articles he discussed everything from Heraclitus theory of change to postmodernist bias against metanarratives. He was the founder member of Islamabad Culture Forum and Islamabad Philosophical Society.