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  • Dr WAZIR AGHA, renowned poet, critic and litterateur of world fame died in Lahore on 8 September at the age of 88 years. Born in Wazirkot village of Sargodha of Pakistan in May 1922, he wrote more or less 60 books and was honoured by Pakistan government with ‘Sitara-e-Imteyaz’ and ‘Tangha-e-Imteyaz’ Awards. A many-sided literary giant, he was well-versed in poetry, prose, criticism, essay writing, journalism et all. A number of condolence meetings were held at different places like Jamia Millia Islamia, Urdu Academy Delhi, Delhi University, Patna University etc. Rich tributes were also paid by prominent literary personalities of Delhi and other places.
  • AHMAD HANEEF, a renowned calligrapher and artist of Malegaon died of cancer on 27 August early morning at the age of 65 years. He was expert in writing of Tughra also. His greatest achievement was calligraphy of Qur’anic verses on the walls and ceiling of Tablighi Markaz, Noorani Masjid of Malegaon which he completed 10 years ago after two years of day and night work.
  • Sufi HABIB AHMAD HABIB, a senior poet, freedom fighter, teacher and a social and political personality died of heart attack on 13 September at Khatauli (UP). His favourite genre of literature was na’tiya poetry, though he was quite well-versed in ghazals also. He was 78 and was popularly known as Baba-e-Urdu of Khatauli.
  • Maulana NESAR AHMAD, a member of Jamiatul Ulama-e-Hind’s Executive Committee who held many important offices of Jamiatul Ulama died of kidney infection and failure in a Meerut hospital on 6 September at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his widow, daughter-in-law, two grand sons and one grand daughter. The death of his only son at young age had a telling effect on his health.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2010 on page no. 16

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