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Dr. MUSTAFA KAREEM, noted Urdu novelist and fiction writer who is settled in England died there on 13 June. His novel Toofaan ki Aahat is a historical novel which depicts the times of Nawab Sirajuddaulah of Bengal which was very much appreciated by readers and historians for writing which Dr. Kareem personally visited Murshidabad to collect relevant historical documents and records on the basis of which he wrote the novel. Prof. Irtiza Kareem, NCPUL Director, while paying tributes to him said that though he was a doctor by profession, he was greatly attached with Urdu language and literature. He said that with his death not only the literary horizon of Britain has lost its brightness but Urdu fiction of the Indian subcontinent also has suffered great loss.
 
 
Dr. ASLAM FARRUKHI India-born Pakistani poet, litterateur, critic, script writer and caricaturist died in Karachi on 15 June at the age of 92 years. Born in Lucknow in a literary family in 1923, where most of the people were poets and authors, he migrated along with family members to Pakistan after Partition. He wrote childen’s literature also and worked as editor of many magazines. Author of many books, some of which are: Muhammad Husain Azad: Life and Works, Gulistan-e Adab, Dabistan-e Nizam, Bachchon ke Sultanji, Bachchon ke Ranga Rang Amir Khusro, Saat Aasman, Guldasta-e Ahbaab, Mausam Bahar Jaisay Log and so on. He was honoured with many Awards by Pakistan government. In India, NCPUL’s director Prof. Irtiza Kareem at a condolence meeting narrated his literary career and works while paying rich tributes to him.
MAULANA (Dr.) ABDUL ALEEM BASTAWI, prominent religious scholar of Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees, researcher, translator, intellectual and an expert on Qur’an and Hadees died in Makka Mukarrama on 18 June. General secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi in a press note, while describing his death as apparently an irreparable loss for Jamat and millat prayed to God to give the Jama’at, millat and humanity his substitute.
MAULANA NASIR NADWI, religious scholar, Imam and preacher who was employed by Qatar’s ministry of Auqaf and religious affairs as Imam in Qatar for about twenty years died of brain haemorrhage there on 4 June at the rather young age of 45 years. His body was brought  from Qatar to Delhi and laid to rest at Delhi Gate graveyard. He left behind 4 minor children in addition to his mother and three brothers. His wife had died one year earlier in a road accident in Qatar.
MUHAMMAD ATHAR, senior reporter and journalist of Urdu daily Rashtriya Sahara died of heart attack in Delhi on 11 June at the age of 52 years. He was a heart patient. On feeling chest pain he was rushed to G. B. Pant Hospital but died in the way. He leaves behind his wife and one daughter.       

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 12

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