Tribute paid to Umeed Khairpuri
KHAIRPUR: Rich tributes were paid to reknown poet and writer Umeed Khairpuri at a gathering held here on Sunday to mark his 9th death anniversary of Umeed Khairpuri.
It was observed that the popular poet and writer lived in abject poverty and suffered prolonged illness, but never sought help from anyone.
Umeed Khairpuri kept working as a stamp vendor.
On the occasion, director of Radio Pakistan’s Khairpur station Kauser Buriro announced that the elder son of the late poet Umeed Khairpuri would be appointed as announcer.
Umeed KhairpuriÂ’s son Sajid Jamali said that many political personalities had announced financial help for medical treatment of his father and for publishing a collection of his poems, but these remained mere promises.
Poet Mukhtiar Malik said Umeed Khairpuri had contributed to the literary and social life of Khairpur.
Umeed Khairpuri never asked for any help, although he was very poor and suffered from severe disease, Mukhtiar Malik added.
Ghulam Qadir Mirani said that several poets of Sindh had been association with political parties.
Giving examples, he said Shaikh Ayaz had joined Awami League and remained associated with it till death. Abdul Karim Gadai, Barkat Azad and many others joined the struggle against One Unit and the Hari movement, but their contributions were forgotten and the culture department did not even publish their books.
Allama Hizbullah I. Soomro, Ibrahim Kharal and programme organiser Amjad Lashari also spoke on the occasion.
Later, a mushaira was held in which Shahan Simang, Akhtar Khokhar, Hubdar Jagirani, Hassan Sarki and other poets presented their poems.