LAHORE - Former Nawa-i-Waqt assistant editor, renowned writer, critic and researcher Dr Anwar Sadeed passed away. He was 87.

The deceased was laid to rest in his native town Sargodha in the presence of hundreds people who belonged to various walks of life the same day.

Dr Anwar Sadeed, who was ill over some time, was well known among the men of letters for his literary services as well as among the journalist community. After retirement from Irrigation Department, the deceased devoted himself to literary works.

He authored more than 80 books of them Dilli Door Nahin, Mohtaram Chehry, Iqbal Key Classical Naqoosh, are more distinguished than others.

Dr Sadeed professionally took to literary works in 1948 when he became editor monthly Urdu Zaban Sargodha and served as till 1966. From 1988 to 1992 he was editor Auraq and till 1995 he served as editor Qaumi Digest. He also wrote a book on poetry and from his outlooks he related to the class of Dr Wazir Agha.

His death has been widely mourned by the literary quarters.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has grieved the death of Dr Anwar Sadeedd. Eulogizing literary services of the deceased, the Chief Minister said that due to his death, country has been deprived of a great writer and critic of Urdu literature. He said that the services of the deceased for the promotion of Urdu will be remembered forever.

Shehbaz Sharif has expressed condolences and sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.