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A Celebration of Fifty Years of Writing: A Tribute to Ahmad Salim

Jun 23

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


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A Tribute to Ahmad Salim


Salim Khawaja (Pen Name: Ahmad Salim) is a teacher, language
instructor, archivist, writer, poet, researcher, translator, Senior
Advisor at SDPI and editor with Government of Pakistan; media;
international organizations; and research institutions. He has written
over 200 publications including 95 books, 25 research publications (4 on
curriculum/ education), 10 international publications & many
articles in reputed papers.

Ahmad Salim has a diverse portfolio and served the nation for over 40
years. In recognition of his excellent services in literature, President
of Pakistan has conferred the Presidential Pride of Performance Award
on him on the occasion of Independence Day in August 2010. Ahmad Salim
has also won other awards such as best poem on Faiz in 1966, Writer’s
Guild Award on best translation from Sindhi to Punjabi in 1977, Masood
Khaddarposh Award on best Punjabi prose work in 1996, Masood Khaddarposh
Award on 3rd best Punjabi prose work in 1996, Guru Ram Singh Azadi
Award in 1999 (UK), Punjabi Adabi Sangat Award (UK) on best Punjabi
contribution in 2000 and best script for PTV documentary, Cholistan, in

His publications include 25 books of literary work on poetry, fiction,
criticism, and travelogue in Punjabi; 20 non-fiction books; 20 research
books on minorities in Pakistan; he has compiled over 40 books on
literature, history, and freedom movements while he is currently
compiling 15 more books on these subjects. Some of his work is part of
curriculum in universities in Indian Punjab.

Ahmad Salim was born on 26 January 1945 in the village village of Miana
Gondal in district Mandi Bahauddin of Punjab. He was the fourth among
seven brothers and sisters. Ahmad Salim got his early education in Miana
Gondal and went to Peshawar for Matriculation. After matriculation from
Peshawar, Ahmad Salim moved to Karachi for his intermediate education.
He completed his intermediate level education from Urdu College and
joined the National Bank in 1968. Later, he was transferred to
Rawalpindi where he continued working for the same bank until 1969. He
then moved to Lahore and started teaching at Shah Hussain College. In
1972, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto appointed Faiz Ahmad Faiz as Chairman of
National Council of Arts. On Faiz’s invitation, Ahmad Salim joined the
Council. During his association with the National Council of Arts from
1972 to 1975, Ahmad Salim operated the Folklore Research Centre and
published material on Punjabi and Sindhi folklore. Ahmad Salim left the
Council shortly after Faiz left that institution in 1974.

He is one of the pioneering workers of Lok Virsa who immensely
contributed towards the creation of Lok Virsa’s Heritage Library housing
about 20,000 books, manuscripts and rare materials on cultural
heritage, Sufi writings, Pakistan’s indigenous culture, oral traditions
as well as Research Section of the institute involved in systematic
research, field surveys and active village-to-village documentation of
folk traditions through mobile field recording units and regional

In 1976-77, Ahmad Salim taught courses on Pakistani languages at Sindh
University, Jamshoro. For supplemental income, Ahmad Salim did a lot of
translation work too, and came to popularly known as Ahmad Salim
Muttarajjim (translator). In 1979, he got admission in MA Philosophy at
Karachi University and completed his degree as gold medalist.
From 1996 to June 2007, Ahmad Salim worked as Director of Urdu
Publications for SDPI and he continues working with the Institute as
Senior Advisor. He has also been associated with the South Asian
Research and Resource Centre (SARRC).


Publications & Editorial Work

(A) Governance and Democracy

  • The Electorate system in Pakistan, Justice and Peace Committee, Karachi, 2000
  • Parliamentarian Handbook – FNS – 2002
  • Women Parliamentarian: A Historical Perspective (Work in Progress)
  • “Dhaka ’71: The Final Countdown”, The Herald, April 1997
  • “Murder Most Foul”, An assessment of Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report, The Newsline, Karachi, Sep. 2000
  • “Political Parties of Pakistan”, Liberal Times, New Delhi, 2001
  • Whither Organised Politics? The News, August 26, 2001
  • Political Parties For the People, The News, September 2, 2001
  • Waziristan A Hundred Years of Rebellion, Newsline, May 2004

(B) Culture , Art & Literature

  • Noor Munarey (First poetry collection in Punjabi) Karachi, 1966.
  • Tan Tanboor (Second poetry collection in Punjabi) Delhi, 1973.
  • Lok Varan (Three folk epics in Punjabi ) Islamabad, 1973.
  • Lok Varan (Indian edition) New Delhi, 1973.
  • Faisley Di Ghari (Selection and translation of world poems on Viet Nam-in Punjabi) Lahore, 1970.
  • Naal Mere Koi Challe (Punjabi Novelette) Karachi, 1976.
  • Jadeed Punjabi Adab: Eik-Sawalia Nishan (Whither Punjabi literature-A critical evaluation on contemporary trends) Karachi, 1986.
  • Amrita Sher Gill: A Personal View (Biography) Karachi, 1987.
  • Culture and Commitment Lahore, 1989.
  • Murda Aankhein Zinda Haath (Personal memories regarding the tragic death of poetess Sara Shagufta) Lahore, 1989.
  • Koojan Moyaan (Third poetry collection in Punjabi) Lahore, 1990.
  • Jhok Rajhan Di (Punjab travelogue of 1983) Lahore, 1990.
  • Mauj-E-Zar (Compilation of Urdu editorials of Faiz Ahmad Faiz) Lahore,1990.
  • Ghari Di Tick Tick (Fourth poetry collection in Punjabi) Lahore, 1992.
  • The Game Is Over (Problems and Politics of art education in Pakistan) Lahore,1989
  • Jab Dost Nahin Hota (Urdu poems), 1993.
  • Roshan Khayali (Compilation of editorials by Syed Sibte Hasan) Lahore, 1993.
  • Pakistani Adab Aur Muaashra(ed.), (Pakistani literature and Society)Karachi, 1987.
  • Mulaqaton Key Baad- Literary interviews, 1995.
  • My Bangladesh Days – A travelogue, 1995.
  • Captive Freedom – Anthology of Punjabi & Urdu poems (English renderings),1995
  • Titlian Tey Tank (Butterflies and Tank-Punjabi Novelette), 1996,
    awarded for the 3rd best book of the year 1996 from Masood Khadarposh
    Trust, Lahore.
  • Kabar Jehnan Di Jeevey (Pen sketches of late Punjabi and Urdu
    authors) Islamabad, 1997, awarded for the best book of the year 1996
    from Masood Khadarposh Trust, Lahore. Also published from New Delhi,
  • Salam Bombay (Memories of Bombay), 1983 and 1997, Lahore, 1997.
  • Tatte Lahoo Da Chanan(Literary essays in Punjabi) Lahore, 1999.
  • Quest of Peace in Twilight (English, Urdu), Lahore, 2005.
  • Saadat Hasan Mar gia, Manto Zindah Hai, Lahore, 2005.
  • Ahmad Rahi: Baataan Mulaqaatn (Memoirs Punjabi), Islamabad, 2005
  • Meriaan Nazmaan Mor Dey(Poems, Punjabi), Lahore, 2005.
  • IKK Udhri Kitab Dey Betarteebey Varqey (Poems, Punjabi) Lahore, 2006
  • Nasr-e-Sahir (Compilation) Karachi, 2006
  • It is My Mother’s Face, selected readings on Bengali Language Movement, Lahore 2006

(C) History and Politics

(i) History

  • How to Rule India (Ed.) Lahore,1978
  • Punjab (An outline of Socio-Political History-Punjabi) Gujranwala,1969
  • Bhagat Singh: Jeewan Te Aadarsh (A short biography-Punjabi) Lahore,1973
  • Bhagat Singh :Zindagi Aur Khaylat (Political biography-Urdu) Lahore,1987
  • 1857 Aur Aaj(1857 Today – ed. -Urdu) Lahore,1989
  • Azadi Aur Awam (Freedom Movements in Sindh, Punjab, NWFP, Balochistan and Kashmir- Urdu) Lahore, 1991
  • Khutabaat-E-Madani (Presidential addresses of Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani-Urdu) Lahore, 1991
  • Hamari Siyasi Tehrikein(An account of Lahore, Kanpur and Meerut Communist Conspiracy Cases) Lahore, 1991
  • 1857- Adab ,Siyasat Aur Muaashra (1857-Literature, Politics, Society-ed.) Lahore, 1991
  • Pashtoon And Baloch History- A Punjabi view Lahore,1991
  • Karl Marx-Yaaden Aur Baaten (Memoirs by contemporaries) Karachi, 1986
  • Punjab Revisited, Lahore, 1995
  • Lahore 1947 (Stories of Midnight from India and Pakistan) Bahrisons, New Delhi, 2001. , Lahore, 2003
  • Taarikh Ka Gumshada Waraq (A Lost page of History), Islamabad, 2003
  • Lahore 1947, Pakistani Edition, Lahore, 2003
  • Takhleeqi Amal Aur Hamari Thereek-e-Azadi, (ed.) selected writings of Sajjad Zaheer

(ii) Political History

  • Jeeye Punjab Tehrik Kidhar Nun? (Punjabi) (Whither ‘Long Live Punjab’ Movement?)Lala Musa, 1970.
  • Toot’ti Banti Assamblian(Dissolution of Assemblies in Pakistan ) . Lahore, 1991, 2nd revised 1999.
  • Siyasatdanon Ki Jabri Naaehlian (Disqualifications of Politician in Pakistan). Lahore,1991.
  • Naya Almi Nizam Aur Pakistan (New World Order and Pakistan-ed.) Lahore, 1991.
  • Balochistan-Sooba Markaz Taallukat (Balochistan-Center-Province Relations). Lahore,1993.
  • Ghulam Mohammad Sey Ghulam Ishaq Tak-Adalia Ka Siyasi Kirdar, (Political Role of Judiciary) Lahore, 1993.
  • Mujrim Kaun? (Co-authered with Zafarullah Khan),( Ghulam Ishaq-Nawaz Sharif Tussle) Lahore,1993.
  • Pakistan of Jinnah – The hidden face. Lahore, 1995.
  • Iskander Mirza-EK Sadar Urooj-o- Zawal(Rise and fall of a President),(Political biography)1994.
  • Mamdot Sey Wattoo Tak(From Mamdot to Wattoo) Lahore, 1996.
  • Adlia,Ehtasab Aur Assamblian, 1947-1997(Fifty year story of
    Judiciary, Accountability and The Dissolution of Assemblies)
  • Iskander Mirza Speaks,(Speeches, Statements & Private Paper ) Lahore,1996.
  • Iskander Mirza-Rise and Fall of a President, (Political Biography) Lahore,1997.
  • Pakistani Siyasat Key Pachas Kirdar, (Fifty characters of Pakistani Political) Lahore, 1997.
  • Hasrat Ki Siyasat ( The Politics of Hasrat Mohani) Karachi University, Karachi, 2000.
  • Farmoodat-e-Fatima Jinnah, Lahore 2003
  • Handbook for Parliamentarians, Liberal Forum, Islamabad, 2002
  • Post Taliban, Lahore, 2005.
  • Loya Jirga, Sang-e-Meel, 2005

Research Achievements

(A) Studies on Education and Curricula

  • Civil Society Initiative in Curricula and Textbooks Reform, SDPI, 2002-2003
  • Messing up the Past, Evolution of History Textbooks in Pakistan 1947-2000, SDPI, 2003
  • A Citizens’ Review of the National Education Policy, 1998-2010, SDPI 2006
  • Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Religious Minorities through Education and Training: The Case Study of Pakistan, 2007
  • Conducted teacher’s training at Faisalabad on the self developed Modules for grade 1 to 10 in 2010

(B) Writings/ Studies on children

  • Jilawatan Bacche-A report on the children of Political Asylum seekers in Europe, Jafakash, Nov-Dec. 1981.
  • Aai Duniya Hamare Saath Chaley Jafakash, Jan-Feb. 1983.
  • Bacche-Haqooq Aur Haqaiq-Urdu translation of UN Declaration, Nov. 1959, Jafakash Jan-Feb. 1983.
  • Bacche Baron ko Raasta Dikhate Hain-Proceeding of Annual Convention of Sindh Naunihal Sangat Rohri, Jafakash, July-August 1984.
  • Teesri Duniya Kay Bacche-Urdu translation of a Persian poem by Raza Baraheeni, Iran, Jafakash, Sep-Oct. 1983.
  • Short Stories on Children’s situation and rights by the creative
    writers of South Asia (Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi
    and other languages. (under print)
  • Geetanjali Album—Struggle of a Girl child against Cancer until
    her tragic end (English-Urdu) In collaboration with Late Parveen
    Shakir, Islamabad, 1995.
  • State Accountability and Educational Rights of Minorities in Pakistan, A Pre-roundtable Background Paper, IDRC December 2008

(C) Studies on Labour

  • Report on Working and Living Condition of Mine Workers
  • Report on bonded Labour—case Study in Village Mianagondal Distt. Mandi Bahauddin.
  • Domestic Servants (plight of Children and Women in Pakistan).
    Research Study presented at an International Conference Amsterdam, Feb.
  • Child Labour in Donkey Mines of Punjab (Study under way)
  • Child Abuse in Coal Mines of Pakistan (Study under way)
  • Source material/ archival documentation on Pakistani children:
    i. Studies and Reports by Civil Society Organizations
    ii. Press clippings (Dawn, The News, the Nation, The Frontier Post) 1993-2003.
    iii. Documentaries and Video
  • Rapid Assessment of Bonded Labour in Pakistan’s Mining Sector for ILO.
  • Media Coverage on Working Conditions of Mines Workers, SDPI, Islamabad, 2004

(D) Partition and Minorities

  • Partition, Violence and Migration: The Case of a Punjabi Village, SDPI, Islamabad, 2003
  • Partition of 1947: The Case of Sindh, SDPI, Islamabad, 2004
  • Equal Citizens. FNS, Islamabad, 2006
  • Violence, Memories and Peace-Building, A Citizen’s Report of Minorities in India and Pakistan, SARRC 2006
  • Role of Minorities in Nation Building with Focus on Karachi, Church World Service, Karachi
  • Thread, Not Scissor: Common Spiritual Heritage for Peace and Harmony, South Asian Research and Resource Centre, Islamabad



  • Writer’s Guild Award on best translation (From Sindhi to Punjabi), 1976.
  • Masood Khaddarposh Award on best Punjabi prose work, 1996.
  • Masood Khaddarposh Award on 3rd best Punjabi prose work, 1996.
  • Guru Ram Singh Azadi Award, 1998, Birmingham, England.
  • Punjabi Adabi Sangat Award UK on best Punjabi contribution, 1999, London, England.
  • Pride of Performance Award, on Punjabi literature, Government of Pakistan, 2010

To honor Mr. Ahmad Salim
and to celebrate his fifty years of pen, SDPI is organizing a talk and books
exhibition entitled “A Celebration of Fifty Years of Writing”.  We
request you to kindly participate in this event.


  • Dr Abid
    Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
  • Mr. Shafqat
    Kakakhel, Former Ambassador and Former Assistant Secretary General UNEP, Senior
    Advisor at SDPI
  • Dr. Tariq
    Rahman, Professor Emeritus, Quaid-i-Azam
  • Mr.Zafrulllah
    Khan, Centre for Civic Education
  • Ms Humaira
    Ishfaq, International Islamic University
  • His
    Excellence Mr Mahfuz-ur-Rahman Deputy High Commissioner of the People’s
    Republic of Bangladesh