Lahore: Renowned poet and writer Fahmida Riaz died in Lahore yesterday from protracted illness. She was laid to rest at the Bahar Shah graveyard in Lahore .
Her funeral Prayer was attended by many literary personalities such as Amjad Islam Amjad, Fatima hassan and Human Rights activists.
Last prayer rituals were performed at a Jamia Masjid in Askari I Lahore. A large number of people attended the funeral prayer and extensively talked about her contributions in the literature.
She was also a great advocate of Human rights and Democracy, Therefore, she served her life fighting and acquiring them.
She has written more than 15 books on Fiction and poetry genre. She belonged to an Indian Literary family of Meerut. She has written down some amazing books such as Godaavari, Khatt-e Marmuz, and Khana e Aab O Gil, the first translation of the Masnavi of Jalaluddin Rumi from Persian into Urdu.
Her first publication was ‘Pathar ki Zuban’ (Language of Stone) that came out in 1967. She lived in self-exile in India during the era of Military General Zia Ul Haq.
She came to Lahore from Karachi to visit her daughter. She was sick from past few months.