Islamabad-Speakers at a condolence reference held here on Tuesday at Allama Iqbal Open University paid tribute to the late Munnu Bhai for his qualities.

Addressing a condolence reference, they eulogized him for raising his voice for the oppressed sections of the society, through his writings. The reference was jointly arranged by the Universities departments of Mass Communication and Urdu.

It was presided over by the renowned scholar Prof Fateha Muhammad Malik, while speakers included eminent journalists Hamid Mir, Rauf Kalasra and Ex-Director General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui in his opening remarks said that Munnu Bhai will be long remembered because of his love for the common man. Through newspapers columns he advocated the cause of the less privileged section of the society.

In famous TVs drama “Sona Chandi” he narrated the tale of those living a simple and ordinary life.  With his death, he said they have lost another progressive voice in the society.  

Prof Fateha Muhammad Malik also spoke about his long personal association with Munnu Bhai , stating they enjoyed a student life together in Government College Attack in early age.    They also spent a memorable time together in Rawalpindi’s literary and journalistic circles.

Munnu Bhai has created a vacuum in progressive literature and journalism which can hardly be filled in the times to come, he added.    Hamid Mir praised the Vice Chancellor for arranging the reference, for remembering the great poet and columnist. While recounting his personal interaction with him, he praised Munnu Bhai as a motivation force for his columns.

Munnu bhai was a sincere, humble and an honest man. He deserved high appreciation because of his devotion and commitment to social work.

    Muunu Bhai’s love for humanity reflected from the fact that he also associated himself with Sundas Foundation, Lahore, a charitable organization, Hamid Mir added.

While paying homage to Munnu Bhai , Rauf Kalasra said he holds him in high esteem since he was most favorite columnist of his mother.    

He was impressed by him as he stood for the cause of weak people. He noted that the late columnist had also been on forefront raising the voice of South Punjab Murtaza Solangi spoke about Munnu Bhais association with Radio Pakistan, through which he highlighted socio-economic problems of the people.

He proposed that educational institutions needed to convey the message of such great personalities to the young generation for their upbringing.

Fateha was also offered on the occasion for the departed soul.