ISLAMABAD: Renowned poet Ahmed Nadeem Qasimi death anniversary was observed on Tuesday.
Ahmed Nadeem Qasimi was born on November 20, 1916 in the village Anga of Khushab District. He got his graduation degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.
Ahmed Nadeem Qasimi started his career as a government clerk, which he eventually left to pursue journalism.
He became active member of the Progressive Writers Movement (PWM) for a time holding the position of secretary, and was consequently arrested many times during the 1950s through the 1970s.
In 1948, he was selected as the Secretary General of the Anjuman-e-Taraqqi Pasand Musannifeen. In 1949, he was elected the Secretary General of the organization for Pakistan.
In 1962, Qasmi started his own journal Fanoon. In 1974, he was appointed Secretary General of Majlis-Taraqee-Adab - a Board of Advancement of Literature established by the government of West Pakistan in 1958.
Qasimi is a recipient of Pride of Performance (1968) and Pakistan Academy of Letters lifetime achievement award, as well as the country s highest civil honour, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1980), for literature.
He published collections of his best-known work include poetry volumes Jalal-o-Jamal, Shola-i-Gul and Kisht-i-Wafa, and short story collections Chopaal, Sannata, and Kapaas ka Phool, Bagolay, Tal-o-Gharoob, Sailab-o-Gardab, Anchal, Ghar Se Ghartak.
He died on July 10, 2006 due to asthma complications at Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore. (APP)