Ailing Sindhi writer: appeal to govt
IT is a matter of grave concern for the literary community and art lovers of Sindh that Tariq Alam Abro, a leading novelist and short story writer of the province, is seriously ill and hospitalised at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Civil Hospital, Karachi.
He is suffering from kidney failure and a serious liver disease. He has been advised by specialists to proceed to India or any other country for immediate kidney and liver transplant. According to media reports, the expected expenditure on such medical treatment is more than Rs6 million, which is certainly beyond the reach of the ailing writer.
Naseer Mirza, Noorul Huda Shah and other leading literary figures of Sindh have written a letter to the president of Pakistan and other authorities to sanction a special grant for medical treatment of the writer.
Tariq Alam Abro is a versatile writer. His novel/short stories are popular among the youngsters of Sindh.
He also edits prestigious quarterly Sindhi literary magazine Mehran by the Sindhi Adabi Board.
He is passing through tough times. The next couple of weeks are extremely important to save his life.
The president of Pakistan and other authorities should take notice of the appeal of the writers of Sindh and make arrangements for immediate liver/kidney transplant of the novelist in a foreign country as advised by his doctors.
ALI AKBAR HINGORJO