The Express Tribune
Published Date: Jun 18, 2019
Tribute paid to novelist Dr Enver Sajjad
A versatile short story writer, novelist, progressive writer, actor and artist, Dr Enver Sajjad was a multi-talented and dynamic personality, who throughout his life raised his voice for the marginalised and oppressed class of the society.
Through his literary critic and artwork Dr Sajjad highlighted the critical issues of injustice during the dictatorship regime and remained captive during Zia Martial Law.
These were the views expressed by the friends and noted literary colleagues during a Reference to Pay Tribute to Dr Enver Sajjad, held by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday at Islamabad.
Kishwar Naheed, renowned Urdu Poet shed light on the life and struggle of Dr Sajjad, particularly, during the martial law era, when writings of progressive writers could not get published.
She said Dr Sajjad wrote many prominent plays for Pakistan Televisions Vision and had great contribution to the art and literature. SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that Dr Sajjad struggled for social justice through his writings and acting. Now it is responsibility of the civil society to carry forward his work, he added.
Dr Naazir Mahmood said Dr Sajjad’s writings, particularly, Chauraha, Janam Roop, Khushiyon Ka Bagh, Neeli Note Book, Talash-e-Wajood, ZardKunpal and Rasi ki zanjeer were great contribution to the literature.
Ahmed Salim, Senior Advisor Education and Religious Diversity, SDPI, said Dr Sajjad’s works reflected the true picture and stark realities of the society.
Hameed Shahid said Dr Sajjad was an actor; a novelist and a practicing doctor of Chuna Mandi.
Ishfaq Salim Mirza, a noted progressive writer expressed his thoughts on Dr Sajjad’s translated work– ‘Neeli Notebook’ (The Blue Notebook – a novella by the Russian poet and writer Emmanuil Kazakevich 1913 – 1962). He said the book describes real-life characters who were fighting against one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.