LAHORE – The death anniversaries of two versatile literary stalwarts Munir Niazi and Parveen Shakir mostly went unnoticed across the country except couple of ceremonies including a ceremonial function organised by PILAC in the provincial capital on Monday.

The 5th and 17th death anniversaries of Munir Niazi and Parveen Shakir were observed respectively. But, no major ceremony was organised to remember the literary legends. However, newspapers published special editions and TV channels aired documentaries and packages to pay tribute to the late literary legends.

In this regard, Punjab Institute of Art, Langue and Culture (PILAC held a special ceremony in connection with death anniversary of great poet Munir Niazi at Punjabi Complex. The event was presided over by a renowned critic Shafqat Tanveer Mirza while Dr Ajmal Niazi, a poet and columnist, was the guest of honor on this occasion.

A good number of prominent literary figures including Shahzad Ahmed, Mushtaq Sufi, Ehzaz Ahmed Aazar, Shahida Dilawar Shah and others paid rich tribute to Munir Niazi for his services rendered for the promotion of Punjabi language. Raja Nayyar paid poetic tribute to Munir Niazi on the occasion. The speakers said that Munir Niazi was distinguished poet of last century. Pervaiz Kaleem, Bahar Begum, Riaz-ur-Rahman Saghar, Ajab Gul and Altaf Ahmed Qureshi were also present on the event.

PILAC also presented a documentary on the occasion.

Munir Niazi was born in Khanpur on 19 April 1928, a village near Hoshiarpur, India. After the partition, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Sahiwal, where Munir passed his Matriculation. He did his graduation from Dyal Singh College Lahore. Munir Niazi launched a weekly magazine from Sahiwal in 1949. He wrote numerous songs for films.

He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. In 1960, he established a publication institute, Al-Misal. He was later associated with Pakistan Television and lived in Lahore till his death.

‘Taiz Hawa Aur Tanha Phool’, ‘Jungle mein Dhanak’, ‘Dushmanoon Kai Darmiyan Sham’ and ‘Mah-e-Muni’r are some of his Urdu poetry books.