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PAL publishes book on two literary critics

* PAL chairman says Prof Malik is a great critic

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has published books on literary critics Mumtaz Shireen and Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik. The recently published books of the Pakistani Adab Ke Memar series, ‘Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik: Life and Works’ by Muhammad Hameed Shahid and ‘Mumtaz Shireen: Life and Woks’ by Dr Tanzeem-ul-Firdous are of great significance.

Great critic: Speaking at a ceremony about the books, PAL Chairman Iftikhar Arif said that Prof Malik is a great critic, a prominent intellectual and a distinguished scholar of Pakistaniat and Iqbaliat.

Arif said that Prof Malik always expresses his views about the identity of Islamic Ummah with a passion that traces back to Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Arif said that Prof Malik’s personality is a source of courage and strength for the nation. From ‘Ta’assubat’, ‘Tehseen-o-Tardeed’ and ‘Andaz-e-Nazar’ to ‘Apni Aag Ki Talaash’ are authentic references of appreciating Iqbal and Faiz, said Arif.

“Malik has not only enriched Urdu literature, but he is also considered an authority on Pakistaniat and Iqbaliat,” he said, adding that he was also performing a significant national services as the National Language Authority chairman.

Urdu short story writer and critic Muhammad Hameed Shahid has written a book ‘Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik: Life and Works’.

Talking about the book ‘Mumtaz Shireen: Life and Works’, Arif said that Shireen’s name was known as the first woman critic in Urdu. “Her short stories collections ‘Apni NagriaÂ’, ‘Hadees-E- Deegran’, ‘Maigh Malhar’ and a collection of English short stories ‘Footfalls Echo’ are valuable addition to the Pakistani literature,” he said.

Arif said that all the discerning readers of literature acknowledged her critiques “Miaar”, “Manto”, “Noori Na Nari” and “Zulmat-e-Neem Roz” and her work in the field of translation.

“Shireen’s critiques are good example of creative criticism in which practical criticism and conceptual discussions bear witness to her in depth knowledge,” he said.

Arif said that her short stories could be recognised distinctively due to her technique and novelty of expression. “No doubt she has enriched the fiction of Urdu Language,” he added.

Source: Daily Times
Date:2/8/2008