PESHAWAR: Speakers at a condolence conference paid rich tributes to late Sufi Bashir Ahmad for serving literature and scholars.
The reference was organized by the Gandhara Hindko Board for Bashir Ahmad, who was popular with literary circles in Peshawar as Sufi Bashir and died recently in Peshawar at the age of 81.
Professor Nasser Ali Syed chaired the condolence reference held at Rampura’s board office. Prof. Hussam Hur was the chief guest while Prof. Rukhsana Saman and Iqbal Sikandar were the guests of honor on the occasion.
The event was also delivered by Mohammad Ziauddin, Ahmad Nadeem Awan, Sikandar Hayat Sikandar, Saeed Paaris, Waseem Shahid, Prof. Saeed Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad, Syed Khalid Masoor Bukhari, Dr. Khadim Ibrahim, Mushtaq Hussain Bukhari and Naseem-i -Sahara. Speakers said Sufi Bashir Ahmad was a devoted lover of literature and scholars.
“He was a moving spirit behind most of the literary gatherings organized by different organizations in Peshawar,” said Mohammad Ziauddin. He added that he has played his rightful role as a member of the executive committee of the board of Gandhara Hindko.
Professor Nasser Ali Syed praised Sufi Bashir Ahmad and highlighted the coordinating role he would play in facilitating a number of literary events in Peshawar until the last days of his life.
Ali Awais Khayal listed Sufi Bashir Ahmad’s efforts to make literary functions a success.
He said the Gandhara Hindko council holds weekly literary sessions on Friday to analyze and critically assess Hindko literature.
“We had announced during the last session in his presence that the next session scheduled for February 11 would be organized to recognize the literary efforts of Ustad Bashir. Little did we know that this session would turn out to be his reference for condolences,” the young researcher said with tears in his eyes.
The participants offered the fatha at the end for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Bashir Ahmad, whose name was prefixed with “Sufi” as he was in awe of the thoughts of Sufis and the life he lived the clearly proved.
Posted in Dawn, February 14, 2022