Playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away at 85

Published: February 10, 2016
The veteran writer was suffering from throat cancer. PHOTO: FILE

The veteran writer was suffering from throat cancer. PHOTO: FILE

The veteran writer was suffering from throat cancer. PHOTO: FILE File photo of Fatima Surayya Bajia. PHOTO: FILE

Renowned drama writer Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away at the age of 85 on Wednesday in Karachi, Express News reported.

The veteran writer was the older sister of satirist Anwar Maqsood, poet Zehra Nigah and cooking expert Zubaida Tariq.

She was suffering from throat cancer.

Bajia had been awarded several times for her inimitable contribution to Pakistani television and Urdu literature.

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Born on September 1, 1930 in Karnatak, India, she migrated to Pakistan with her family soon after Partition.

Many, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and President Mamnoon Hussain expressed their condolences on the sad demise of the literary figure.

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  • naqli pakistani
    Feb 10, 2016 - 8:51PM

    A great loss for Pakistan and urdu literature, I grew up reading and watching the super hit drama serial penned by her, the educational institutions are not producing writers liker her any more, a great asset is not among us anymore, may Allah SWT rest her soul and forgive her sins. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:40PM

    Fatima Surraya Bajiya was a walking university of Pakistan. Whenever I had chance to meet her, I have always found her like a loving mother.

    People in Pakistan is sad on the demise of a great play writer of her time, as if they have lost an elderly and caring lady from the family.

    Though she was not related to me, but after hearing the sad news, I can’t stop my tears that rolled down through my cheeks.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest her soul in peace. Ameen.Recommend

  • Aamir aqil
    Feb 10, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Such great writers are born in centuries. Pakistan was gifted by Allah wit h such a towering writer, her contribution in the field of literature will be remembered for ever. She was an institution in herself. It’s hoped that the present generation of play writers will learn from her. All the TV channels in general and ptv in particular is requested to telecast especially features on her personality and her memorable writings . may her soul rest in peace and may. The whole nation and lovers of Urdu literature are sad and brief stricken on the news that Bajia is no more with us and share the sorrow of her family . Anwar Maqsood,Zehra Nigah and all the love ones of Bajia we are with you at this hour of your unbearable loss .Recommend

  • Mussarrat
    Feb 10, 2016 - 11:43PM

    Golden era of drama and literature ended long time ago, very few torch bearers are left. Bajia was one of them. A very illustrious and graceful lady who never went to a school but was an institute in herself. Her classics like Shama, Afshan, Uroosa etc truly represented eastern culture and values. A great loss indeed! May Allah rest her in peace (Ameen)Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Feb 11, 2016 - 4:42AM

    Her battle with cancer was longer than most of us actually know….she fought a good fight. RIP.Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2016 - 9:09AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen
    Pakistan and India have culturally and humanely both become poorer. It is indeed with pain and sorrow to read this news. RIP lady! Salams Recommend

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