Islamabad : The launching ceremony of ‘Kuch Yaadein, Kuch Nazmein’, a book comprising tributes by his friends and scholars and carrying the unpublished poems of late Ashfaq Saleem Mirza...
Islamabad : The launching ceremony of ‘Kuch Yaadein, Kuch Nazmein’, a book comprising tributes by his friends and scholars and carrying the unpublished poems of late Ashfaq Saleem Mirza (1944-2020), was held here on Tuesday.
Ashfaq Saleem Mirza was a philosopher, thinker, critic, poet and translator. The ceremony was attended by Mirza’s friends, colleagues, members of family, and readers of his works.
Mustansar Javed, a noted journalist and a close friend, recollected his memories of his time with Ashfaq Saleem Mirza in Lahore and Islamabad. He said Ashfaq Salim Mirza was a seeker after the truth and concerned with leading a moral and principled life from the beginning. He was always interested in philosophy and wanted to write texts in philosophy, which he consistently did over the decades.
Renowned historian, Dr. Mubarak Ali said Ashfaq Saleem Mirza’s books were meticulously researched and thoroughly edited. Mirza Sahib consulted original sources and discussed the lives of philosophers in a fresh and engaging manner. His translations were equally impressive and brought to Urdu readers the works of classical writers. He said as a friend Ashfaq Sahib was always at hand to explain, in accessible terms, arcane philosophical terms.
Dr. Ravish Nadeem said Ashfaq Saleem Mirza was remarkably consistent as a thinker and a writer. Beauty was important to him and he saw aesthetics as the force permeating every sphere of life.
Dr. Sanober Altaf said Ashfaq Saleem Mirza was a polite and kind human being. He harboured prejudice against no one. Dr. Noor Fatima said she met Ashfaq Saleem Mirza in 2002 when her association with Islamabad Cultural Forum began. His talent was multi-dimensional. His messaged were clear and took clearly articulated positions. Ashfaq Saleem Mirza was a humble person and never sought recognition from any forum or authorities.
Khayyam Mushir, son of a close friend of Ashfaq Sahib, Mushir Anwar, said he used to hold riveting discussions with him on philosophy. Ashfaq Saleem Mirza Dr. Naazir Mahmood, a writer and social scientist, recounted his and his family’s association with Ashfaq Saleem Mirza. He said he felt welcomed when he moved to Islamabad in the mid-2000s and warmly received by Ashfaq sahib.
Harris Khalique, secretary general HRCP and a poet, regarded Ashfaq Saleem Mirza as a romantic philosopher for whom it was natural to write poetry as well.
Poet Kishwar Naheed said Ashfaq Saleem Mirza’s death has left a void in our lives as well in culture. Ashfaq Saleem Mirza was a writer and an artist who also remained a part of the struggle for the democratic rights of the people of the country.
Famous novelist Mustansar Hussain Tarar paid tribute to Ashfaq Saleem Mirza in a recorded video message. In the end, Yaser Ashfaq thanked the audience and said concluding words. He said his father was an ardent advocate of objectivity and advised against idol worship.
The session was moderated by Saqib Siddique.