Events, Tribute

Tribute to Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi

“I am a huge admirer of Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. He was the glory of gatherings and a very dear friend of everyone. I am grateful to his family members, they directed Yusufi’s books to the right place so that future generations can enjoy this rare collection” said Ahmed Shah who was accompanied by Zehra Nigah, Dr Fatima Hassan, Ghazala Rizvi and Shahid Rassam while from Lahore Professor Nomanul Haq, from Sargodha Dr Tariq Habib and from Islamabad senior literary person Iftikhar Arif joined virtually.

“People say poetry is a difficult genre, but in my personal opinion humour and satire is the most difficult genre of literature. He was a distinguished banker who made his appearance on the literary scene with the publication of his first book. The way Yusufi wrote prose and evoked its meaning is commendable” said poet and scriptwriter Zehra Nigah.

Expressing his view on the occasion litterateur Iftikhar Arif said “There were many aspects of his personality; I shared a unique relation of love and compassion with him. He was my mentor and his teachings are my assets”. Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi is the greatest prose writer of Urdu literature not just of our time but for all time – Iftikhar added.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Fatima Hassan said, “I found Yusufi to be a very good friend and a great advisor as well. The greatest virtue of his humour is that he used to make fun of himself, not others. The legendary humourist never missed the mark of humanity”. “It was wise to call him a covenant he was indeed a covenant. He was very particular about the language respected its values” said Professor Nomanul Haq.

“No one can match the mark of Yusufi’s write-ups he wrote brilliant prose of all time.” Said Dr Tariq Habib. In the year 1995, Tariq Habib wrote a thesis on the personality of Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi later came to light in a book form. After that, he compiled a book named “Mushtaq Ahmed Yosufi: Chiragh taley se aab-e-Gham tak.

Recalling the memories of Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi Shahid Rassam said “When I first met him, he took me to his library. The way his creative work is being unfolded will enhance the aspects of Yusufi’s personality and people will get to know a lot about him” “Mushtaq’s love for Urdu literature was worth seeing and we all know about it. It was his love towards Urdu the language that he stopped doing speeches in the English language a long time ago,” said Ghaza Rizvi.

The arts council organized the event on the occasion of the 3rd Death anniversary of the highly honoured writer, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. The event was moderated by Shakeel Khan.

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