KUAA Honors Irfan Murtaza
Pakistan Link Report
May 27 was unlike any other
day in the life of the Pakistani-American community in Fremont.
It turned out to be a memorable day for the community which
converged at the Mehran Restaurant to shower accolades on
a distinguished poet and writer – Irfan Murtaza –
whose two books ‘Tasweerain’ and ‘Chanda’
have recently won wide acclaim. Irfan is a well-known figure
in literary circles in North America and beyond. As a poet
and writer, he has impressed the literati and commanded respect
from the critics.
The function was organized by the Karachi University Alumni
Association (Southern California). Besides a large number
of prominent community members, it was graced by Dr Manzooruddin
Ahmad, a former Vice Chancellor of the Karachi University.
The emcee of the evening was Maryam Turab, President of the
KUAA, who ably conducted the proceedings. Also present in
the audience were Vice President Andaleeb Ahmad and General
Secretary Tajwar Sajjad.
A group photograph taken on the occasion
In his remarks on the occasion
Dr Manzooruddin spoke of the sustained growth and popularity
of Urdu. The language could not be identified with any particular
group or people, he pointed out. It has come to enjoy universal
appeal and is spoken by diverse groups and people living in
different parts of the world.
Mr. Arif Mansuri, Vice President of the Urdu Writers Society,
whose recent acquisition of Pakistan Link has won all-round
community support, also addressed the gathering. Mansuri studied
at the NED Engineering University in Karachi and felt completely
at home in the midst of the KUAA members. He explained the
compelling reasons that led him to acquire the paper: to nurture
and support a collective community heritage that has faithfully
fostered inter-community bonds and furnished the Pakistani-American
perspective on important issues. Mr. Mansuri sought community
support for making Pakistan Link and Urdu Link fully reflective
of the community’s genius.
Irfan Murtaza was a picture of humbleness when he delivered
his brief remarks. The accomplished poet and writer attributed
his success to the Blessings of the Almighty. Irfan also expressed
his heartfelt gratitude to the Karachi University Alumni Association
for honoring him. He read out excerpts from Tasweerain and
Earlier, Noshi Gilani, well-known poetess, paid tributes to
Irfan Murtaza for his literary attainments.
It was a truly enjoyable evening whose memory will linger
on for many, many years.