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A Farewell to Hameed Akhter

Nov 28

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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


Ms Humaira Ishfaq, Writer
and Post Graduate Teacher of Urdu Literature

Akhtar, the eminent progressive writer, journalist, film director and the
recipient of Presidential Pride of Performance, passed away in Lahore in October 2011. He died of cancer
after prolonged illness at the age of 87. He is survived with three daughters,
including TV artist Saba Pervaiz and a son.

commemorate Hameed Akhtar’s sixty years of contribution in literature,
journalism and progressive struggle, Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI) is organizing a special event ‘A Farewell to Hameed Akhtar’ on Monday,
28th November 2011 in Islamabad.
Renowned Journalist, intellectual and Activist I.A. Rehman, Progressive Writer
Critic and Chairman, National Language Authority Dr Anwar Ahmed, writer and
Intellectual, Mr Ashfaq Saleem Mirza, and Dr Rawish Naveed would speak on the
occasion among many others.

Akhter was born in Ludhyana,
India. During
school time, he ran into future literary figures Sahir Ludhianvi and
Ibn-e-Insha who were his school fellows at that time. Drawn to communist ideals
from an early age, Akhtar joined the Taraqi Pasand Tehreek – a socialist
movement, in 1935 in what would be the beginning of a lifelong commitment to
left-wing thought. He was secretary of the Bombay
chapter of the Progressive Writers Association as early as 1946-47 and was
unanimously elected the secretary-general when the association was revived in Pakistan some
time ago. Hameed Akhtar’s association with left-wing politics repeatedly landed
him into trouble with the authorities. He was jailed many times and his book
Kaal Kothri was a memento of his time in jail.

He started
his journalism career by joining Imroz in 1948 and went on to edit the paper,
originally a Progressive Papers Limited (PPL) venture which was taken over by
the Ayub Khan government in the late 1950s. In 1970, he co-founded the daily
Azad along with Abdullah Malik and I.A. Rehman.

He used to
work as a scriptwriter in Bombay for some time
and also tried his hand at film production after partition in Pakistan. The
film ‘Sukh ka Sapna’ was a culmination of his desire to communicate his ideas
of change through the popular medium of film. But it was journalism and his
association with progressive leftist movements that won him more recognition
and respect.

There are
eight books to his credit, including ‘Aashnayian Kia Kia’,
“Royedad-e-Anjamanand’ and ‘Kal Kothri’. He had a close affiliation with key
progressive writers and leftists of subcontinent, such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz,
Sajjad Zaheer, Hafeez Jalandhari, Ismat Chughtai, Sahir Ludhianvi, Patras
Bokhari, Saadat Hassan Manto, Ali Sardar Jafri, Kaifi Azmi, Krishan Chandar and
Jan Nisar Akhtarand many others.

Hameed Akhtar worked
throughout his life to promote enlightenment in a country that descended deeper
and deeper into obscurantism. He was among the few who continued, through his
columns, to speak out against a blind orthodoxy and its obscurantism that tore
apart the tolerance the country had once known, against other powerful forces
in society and the state that held back change and acted to oppress the
people.  During his last days he was associated with a leading newspaper
as a columnist.


  • Mr I.A. Rehman,
    Director, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Renowned
    Journalist, Intellectual and  Activist
  • Ms Saba Hameed,
    Daughter of Hameed Akhtar, TV Artist  (Message)
  • Dr Anwar Ahmed,
    Chairman, National Language Authority, Progressive Writer and Critic
  • Mr Ashfaq Saleem
    Mirza, Writer and Intellectual
  • Dr Rawish Naveed,
    General Secretary, Progressive Writer’s Association, Islamabad, Poet and
    Assistant Professor, Islamic International University
  • Dr Abid Q.
    Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute
  • Mr Ahmad Salim,
    Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)