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The Dawn

Published Date: Feb 15, 2014

Kishwar Naheed’s poetry stands for women’s right

Renowned poet Kishwar Naheed on Friday said being a Muslim country
Pakistan did not need enforcement of Shariah but people were still
talking about implementing it.

She termed talks by a powerful government with a small group of Taliban a most unfortunate.

She was talking to the people who came to attend an evening with her.
The evening was organized by the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) at a local restaurant on Friday.

Kishwar Naheed said that she spent her life in giving message to the
nation that every person should get right to live in accordance with
his/her wish.

Turning to her poetry she said. “I discussed movements of communism
and freedom in my poetry. I struggled against the dictatorship. I saw an
11 years old boy being lashed in front of my eyes,” she said.

She said that her life was tied with the poetry and she could not
live without saying verses, although she tried to do so and after
failing wrote another poem regarding her relation with poetry.

Fiction writer and columnist Intezar Hussain said that Kishwar was the first woman who started poetry in 60s and 70s.

"She talked about the rights of women and gave words to them. Kishwar
gave courage to women that they can live independently. There are a
number of poetess who got inspiration from Kishwar and started poetry," he said.

Literary figure Ashfaq Saleem Mirza said that now a days most of the
poetry has been revolving around the extremism, terrorism and wars.

"When Kishwar started poetry it was era of the Vietnam War and Che Guevara was the hero of poets," he said.

It is pertinent to mention that Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist
revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and
military theorist. He died in 1967.

"Kishwar also gave massage of freedom of expression and tried to
encourage women that they should learn how to survive in male dominant
society," he said.

Poetess Shamim Ikram-ul-Haq said that Pakistan needed more women like
Kishwar because they (women).“Kishwar has written quality poetry and
spent her life working for the rights of women,” she said.