ISLAMABAD: “The letter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz unveil his genuine feelings for the society as he continues to be the only poet after Allama Iqbal who is admired by the common people” said Iftikhar Arif, a poet and Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA).
He was speaking here on Saturday at the launch of a collection of letters written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz to Iftikhar Arif and edited by Dr Rashid Hameed held at Kuch Khaas, a cultural center in Islamabad. The book launch was arraneged by Kuch Khaas in collbaoration with Progressive Writer’s Association.
The book titled ‘Faiz ba-naam-e-Iftikhar Arif’ is the second publication on Faiz Ahmed Faiz in relation to his centenary celebrations being marked all over the world by the organisations that promote Urdu writers and writings. Earlier a book ‘Faiz Saddi: Muntakhib Mazameen’ (Selected essays on Faiz) was also published to pay tribute to Faiz.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) gave voice to the people of Pakistan, particularly peasants, labourers, youth, students, marginalised and downtrodden. His blend of romance with revolution echoes in the heart of not only every Pakistani but lovers of poetry around the world.
Iftikhar Arif is a significant and popular Urdu poet who enjoyed a close personal and intellectual relationship with Faiz. Speaking on the occasion, Iftikhar Arif enlightened the audience about his valued relationship with Faiz Sahab, as well as read out some letters from the book.