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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Feb 27, 2014

Munno Bahi’s columns are reflection of our times

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Wednesday paid rich
tributes to eminent journalist, writer and poet of our times Munno Bhai calling
him a trend-setter columnist. "He has a unique flavor in his writings and
poetry," said Pervaiz Rashid. The Minister was expressing these views at a
reception in honour of Munno Bhai. "I have always learnt a great deal from the
writings of Munno Bhai— his columns, poems, stories or plays," said Pervaiz
Rashid.

"In his writings, Munno Bhai discussed a common man’s problems, his dreams, his
ambitions and spellbinds his readers with the power of his magical pen,"
Pervaiz Rashid further said. Munno Bhai, 81, also read out a number of poems on
this occasion and recounted incidents that reflect our rulers’ obsession with
critical journalists.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) had hosted the reception to
acknowledge the services of the octogenarian writer, poet, journalist and
literary critic. The speakers called him an epoch-making personality and paid
tributes to his life-long contributions to print media. They were of the view
that a crow and a scarecrow are the trademark of Munno Bhai’s columns and the
first thing we do after opening a newspaper is to search for that trademark."
Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said Munno Bhai exposes social, religious, political and
economic double standards of our society in his columns which are titled
“Gareban".

His writings compel people to pause and think, said PPP stalwart and a
long-time friend of Munno Bhai. Munno Bhai is promoter of progressivism in
society, a preacher of tolerance, he said. He called upon the authorities to
promote Munno Bhai’s writings in order to promote peace and mutual co-existence
in society. Noted writer and columnist Masood Ashar delighted the gathering
with anecdotes when Munno Bhai worked for Daily Imroz and once it was because
of his columns Imroz became so popular in Multan that its rival newspaper
Jasarat had to close down its offices from the city. “Munno Bhai has never been
comfortable with Martial Laws and therefore, he always bore the brunt of his
criticism of the dictatorship," said Ashar.

Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik called Munno Bhai the distinguished voice of our times.
Aga Nasir highlighted Munno Bhai’s enlightened vision that continues to guide
youth and grownups alike. Kishwar Naheed lauded Munno Bhai’s perseverance and
energy with which he is writing columns even today. Kishwar applauded Munnu
Bhai, particularly in the context of his life-long struggle for human rights
and against dictatorship in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Abid Suleri,
Executive Director, SDPI, said it is important to promote awareness on liberal
arts and literature in Pakistan and to honor literary figures like Munno Bhai.