PWC & its Ladies Chapter Mourn Yousufi’s Death - By: Aymen Zaheer

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Pakistan Writers Cub (aka: PWC) and members of its Ladies Chapter (aka: PWC-LC) hosted a Condolence Sitting to pay rich tributes to the Pakistani satire writer Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi who passed away a few days ago. There was a touch of sadness in the gathering where each member was visibly aggrieved by Yousufi’s sad demise.

PWC President Prof. Fayyaz Malik opened the Condolence Sitting and remarked that Yousufi was one of the last scions in the line of great Urdu humorists like Ibn-e-Insha, Shafiq-ur-Rehman and Patras Bukhari. “He produced only five books, which explains Yousufi as a perfectionist, as he kept only the best of all his work to be seen in public, “Malik added.

Patron-in-ChiefFaiz Al-Najdi said that at this moment when Yousufi has left for his final abode, it was hard to describe as to what he actually was. “For many, he was a humorist, a satire & humor writer. To some he was also an accomplished banker. To me he was a legend who taught us how to live a life enjoying every moment of it, “Najdi opinionated.

Advisor to the President AbdulRauf Mughal said that he was a great writer and that he would be long remembered as he has left us a comprehensive literary legacy.

Ashiq Hussein spoke very high of Yousufi and mentioned that Urdu literature would remain poor without him.

Aymen Zaheer mentioned Yousufi stood tall among the contemporary Urdu prose writers. “His pen was at home in a satire & humorist in his unique style. Hisdeath is not just a loss of a person but for one of the most popular pillars of Urdu language, “Aymen added.

Naveed Ur Rehman expressed that Urdu literature became more accessible through Yousufi. “People who were not into Urdu language became part of it. He bestowed Urdu language a new face, Naveed mentioned.

Shahjehan Sherazi expressed appreciations for his writings and mentioned that he was a source of inspiration for many.

Tanvir Mian highlighted that Yousufi had such a command over the Urdu language which few could claim of. “There was astoundingly great diversity within his writing, “Mian added

Yousuf Ali Yousuf expressed his deep sorrow overYousufi’s death.“With his sad passing away, a golden era of satire& humor came to an end, “Ali opined.

Zubair Bhatti paid rich tributes to Yousufifor hisextraordinary Urdu literature and mentioned he was arguably one of the leading humorist & satirist.



Members of PWC Ladies Chapter also joined to offer their condolences upon the sad demise of Yousufi.

Convener of Ladies Chapter Dr. Farah Nadia acclaimed that many readers have memorized not just his one-liners but entire essays as well. “He wrote even at the age of 90. Whatever he wrote was of great quality, “Farah remarked.

Adviser to Convener Madiha Malik said that Yousufi very aptly depicted the cultural outlook of life in his specific style and won the hearts of his readers.

Deputy Convener Shumaila Malik expressed that it was hard to believe that Yousufiwas no more. “His satire &humor has made him immortal, “Shumaila added.

Ambreen Faiz said that his writing style always enchanted the readers. “His writings were not onlyset of words in fact, each line and each paragraph had deep meanings and humor hidden in it, “Ambreen mentioned.

Dr. Naghma Rehan remarked that Yousufi enjoyed a position of an epitome among the ranks & files of humor and satire writers. “The subtlety of his satire fastened with chaste Urdu idioms wasthe hallmark of his writings, “Naghma added.

Madiha Noman highlighted that Urdu literature became more popular read via the courtesy of Yousufi. “People who were not into Urdu literature became part of it – all credits to his satire, humor and wit. His writings will always remain with us for generations to come, “Madiha expressed.

Qundeel Aymen mentioned that Yousufi irrigated literature with his quality thoughts but also with peculiar style, pun, wit, satire, humor and subtlety. “He has the ability to convey condensed messages through simple diction, “Qundeel remarked.

Shaheen Javed expressed that he was a phenomenal personality and that his works shall continue to inspire its readers.

TahiraKashif said that he was a well-knownauthor and a great & lively person. “His readers will miss him for many years, “Tahira added.

President PWC Closed the Condolence Sitting by offering prayers for the salvation of the departed soul.


Aymen Zaheer is a senior member of Pakistan Writers Club.
He can be reached at aymen.zaheer@gmail.com

Posted on Jul 07, 18 | 6:08 am