ISLAMABAD: An exceptional writer of Urdu, Pashto and Hindko Khatir Ghaznvi was remembered on Monday on the occasion of his seventh death anniversary.
Born on November 5, 1925 as Mohammad Ibrahim Beg, he was later known by his pen name Khatir Ghaznavi.
Ghaznavi was an authority on research and creativity in literature in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and authored books in Urdu, Hindko and Pashto.
Moreover, he also translated the work of several Pashto writers into Urdu. For contribution to the field of literature, Ghaznavi was awarded the Pride of Performance award in 1999, besides winning dozens of other accolades.
A recipient of the presidential award, Khatir Ghaznavi was also known as a researcher, columnist, educationist and vice-president of the NWFP chapter of Progressive Writers’ Association.
Ghaznavi, who retired as the chairman of the Urdu Department,University of Peshawar, wrote his first novel when he was a school student. Ghaznavi wrote more than 50 books in Urdu and Hindko.
He died in Karachi on July 6 and was buried in Peshawar.