Quetta: Sunday December 6th 2009 in Khadija Mehmoodi Hall, Tanzeem, Hazaragi Academy Tanzeem Nale-Nau Hazara Mughal, organized a book launching ceremony for “Aakhri Safha”(the last page) and “Dast-e-Barther” (Upper Hand), two new books published by the academy.
Renowned personalities of the community, intellectuals, poets, bureaucrats, officers, teachers and students attended the ceremony. Famous scholar and educationist Professor Nazir Hussain presided the ceremony and Rahat Malik scholar and prominent columnist, was honored as Chief Guest of the occasion. Talib Hussain Talib, famous Urdu poet was the stage secretary.
Jalal Ohadi, a historian, poet, scholar came on stage and expressed his views on the book “Dast-e-Barther” briefly. Citing an example of a hostage treatment for more than thirteen years, he said that the writer has articulated many valuable points of the Hazara society and the overall situation of the area where he was detained.
Mirza Azad, President Hazaragi Academy and writer, in his speech said the Academy was laid down in the inception of 1970s, unfortunately it did not materialize. Later on in 1989, a group of twelve members constituted a body and registered the academy; again it did not go ahead. At last, in the end of 2003, the leadership of Tanzeem decided to make active the Hazaragi Academy by resuming its activities from the very bottom and zero level. In the short journey where academy had commenced its journey with no book, and only two monthly magazines, now there are published a dozen of books on various subject and five monthly magazines are being published every month. HA-President further added that the academy is rendering its services freely and voluntarily within its limited resources. He said that until there is no space of appreciation and encouragement for the writers, writers, poets and 1intellectuals will not be able to play their role in society effectively.
He admired the work of Mustafa Shahid, poet and writer of “Aakhri Safha” (the last page) by saying that Shahid, creates his characters in the backdrop of the realities prevailed in our society. He said that Shahid picks his characters from the core of society. The influence of Ghulam Abbas, Krishan Chandar and Saadat Hassan Manto is clearly seen in the writings of Mustafa Shahid. The writer of “Aakhri Safha” can be said to be a humanist, who does not believe in all creeds and distinctions of race, religion and color.
Mohsin Changazi, eminent and well known Urdu poet read his appreciative article on “Aakhri Safha” saying that Shahid’s adore his characters, his commitment to literature is amazing. He said that when Shahid was going aloof from poetry, times and again he expressed his critic but by the passage of time, it came on the surface that Shahid was sunk in discovering characters in an other field. He said that like Shahid’s poetry his short stories are also a source of inspiration to him.
Rahat Malik, the famous writer and columnist, said that though he has not gone through the stories of Shahid deeply, but it seems that there is a man hidden somewhere in the mind of Mr. Shahid. He referred that it was a time, where people lived their happiest days in this city, while today the weather of Quetta city is colored with blood, fear and menace, but it is hoped that Mustafa Shahid’s voice would help to attract the caring and humanitarian feelings of the rulers and the people who are at the helm of affairs.
In the end the President of the ceremony Professor Nazir Hussain said that it was a time when the atmosphere was not conducive for such activities. He said Shahid’s characters do what it seems to be deemed and appropriate in the story. “I have gone through his poetry and some fictions which are well knitted by Shahid.” He said that in times of crises people turn to unhealthy activities, but here in our society we delve in writings whatever be the times. These are all done not by ease but by passion and hard working of the academy. Well done and keep it up.
Mustafa Shahid, the writer and author, thanked the audience and the participants warmly and said that in the background of continuing tensions, the atmosphere permeating the events are exemplary. He admired the achievements of the academy, recognizing that all his short fictions are the fruit and products of the magazines published by Hazaragi Academy.