Baloch writer to get Kamal-i- Fan Award
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has announced the name of noted progressive Baloch writer Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni for Kamal-i-Fan Award, the highest literary award for the year 2008.
In a press release issued here on Tuesday, PAL chief Fakhar Zaman said the award, also comprising of Rs500,000 cash, would be conferred on the writer for his lifelong achievement in the field of literature.
He said the decision was made after a panel of judges–Dr Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, Dr Fehmida Hussain, Mohammad Ayub Baloch, Masood Ashar, Saleem Raaz and Afzal Ahsan RandhawaÂ—selected Mr Jamaldeni for the award.
He said Mr Jamaldeni, also the first Baloch to receive the highest literary award, had promoted Baloch language and culture and also strived to bring his language closer to other Pakistani languages.
Mr Jamaldeni was born on May, 8 1922 in Noshki, District Chaghi. His major works are Lut Khana, Margwameena, Lenin Ki Kitaab and “Balochistan main Sardari Qabaili Nizaam ka Siyasi Pas Manzar” are the major ones.
Other recipients of the Kamal-i-Fan award are Nadeem Qasmi, Intezar Hussain, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousfi, Ahmed Faraz, Shaukat Siddiqui, Munir Niazi, Ada Jaffery, Sobho Gianchandani, Dr Nabi Bux Khan Baloch and Ajmal Khattak, in previous years.