LAHORE: Nicely-known progressive Urdu author, poet, human rights activist and feminist Fahmida Riaz has handed away on Wednesday evening. She was 73 years of age.
She handed away after a protracted sickness in Lahore the place she was together with her daughter
Fahmida Riaz was born on July 28, 1945 in a literary household of Meerat, UP, India. Her household settled within the metropolis of Hyderabad following her father’s switch to the province of Sindh. Her father handed away when she was 4 and so she was introduced up by her mom. She realized in regards to the Urdu and Sindhi literature in her childhood and later learnt the language of Persian. After finishing her training she started working as a newscaster for Radio Pakistan.
Fahmida Riaz was inspired and persuaded by her household to step into an organized marriage after the commencement from faculty. She spent some years in the UK together with her first husband earlier than coming again to Pakistan after a divorce. Throughout this era she labored with the BBC Urdu service (Radio) and obtained a level in movie making. She has one daughter from that marriage.
She has two kids from her second marriage with Zafar Ali Ujan, a leftist spectacular political employee.
Fahmida Riaz labored in an promoting company within the metropolis of Karachi earlier than starting her personal Urdu publication Awaz. The liberal and politically charged content material of Awaz grabbed the eye of the Zia period and each Fahmida and her husband Zafar have been charged with varied circumstances—the journal shut down and Zafar was imprisoned.
Fahmida Riaz was confronted with challenges attributable to her political ideology. Greater than 10 circumstances have been filed towards her throughout Basic Ziaul Haq’s dictatorship. She was charged with sedition beneath Part 124A of the Pakistan Penal Code. After her husband was arrested she was bailed out by a fan of her works earlier than she might be taken to jail and fled to India together with her two babies and sister on the excuse of a Mushaira invitation. Her good friend the famend poet Amrita Pritam who spoke to then prime minister (late) Indira Gandhi which obtained her asylum.
Her kids went to high school in India. She had kinfolk in India and her husband later joined her there after his launch from jail. The household spent virtually seven years in exile earlier than returning to Pakistan after Zia-ul-Haq’s dying on the eve of Benazir Bhutto’s marriage ceremony reception. Throughout this time Riaz had been poet in residence for Jamia Millia Islamia College in Delhi and it’s throughout her exile that she learnt to learn Hindi. She was greeted with a heat welcome upon her return from exile.