The Express Tribune
Published Date: Jan 12, 2016
Friends, colleagues and family members on Monday paid tribute to columnist, writer and researcher Mushir Anwar, who passed away on December 30th in Islamabad.
Social scientist and writer Asfaq Saleem Mirza said Stephen Hawking’s quote “Quiet people have the loudest minds” best described Anwar’s life and personality.
Speaking at a reference organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Mirza said Anwar’s silent relationship with his wife was an example of his sincere and loving personality.
He was famous among his friends as Buddha for his quite nature, said Mirza.
Poet and writer Harris Khalique said Anwar would teach an ignorant person without making him realise his ignorance. He humble and self-effacing, said Khalique.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Secretary General IA Rehman said Anwar was a man of wisdom, who was expert in writing concisely. “He had clear understanding of the world. He would always share his happiness with others, and confine his worries to himself. We should preserve his writing and work, lest it should be wasted,” said Rehman.
Poet and writer Kishwar Naheed said Anwar was a good editor too.
Political economist Dr Pervez Tahir said the late writer was a calm and sincere person. “He would rumble through all comments, good or critical, with ease. His relationship with his spouse was exemplary; he could not survive for long after her death,” said Tahir.
Mushir Anwar’s son Khayyam Mushir said his father was an inclusive, secular, caring and an expensive person. “He was passionate about literature, writing and cinema.”
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Q Suleri said a sustainable society develops on building blocks like Mushir Anwar. He was a man of letters who contributed to the very society he was a product of, said Suleri.