The 109th birth anniversary of revolutionary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz is being observed today.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born in Sialkot on February 13, 1911. He became the first Asian poet to be awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, which is analogous of the Soviet’s peace prize.
He also received other awards including the Nigar Awards, HRC Peace Prize, and the Nishan-i-Imtiaz. Among his notable works is Naqshe-Faryadi, Dast-e-Sabah and Zindan-nama.
Faiz married Alys Faiz who was a British national impacting his life and poetry significantly. They had two daughters, Saleema and Muneeza.
In 1936, he initiated a branch of Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin-e-Hind in Punjab while also having been both a member and secretary of the branch.
He also worked as an editor of Mahanama Adab-e-Lateef (1938-1942) and taught English at MAO College in Amritsar in 1935 before going on Hailey College of Commerce in Lahore.
Faiz joined the British Indian Army for a short while where he wa promoted to the position of Lietenant Colonet in 1944. After resigning in 1947, he returned to Lahore and became the first editor-in-chief of the Pakistan Times. In 1959, he was appointed Secretary Pakistan Arts Council working there until 1962.
He returned to London in 1964 and settled in Karachi.
Faiz was a journalist and an editor of the Pakistan Times, Imroze, and Lail-o-Nihar. He worked in honorary capacity in the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.
The renowned poet passed away on November 20, 1984.