MULTAN: Famous Seraiki poet Shakir Shuja Abadi, popularly known as king of Seraiki poetry, has received his second presidential award for his contribution to Seraiki poetry and promotion of Seraiki language.
Earlier in 2007, Shakir Shuja Abadi received his first presidential award.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, the Seraiki poet said, “I dedicate this award to all the poor people. This presidential award belongs to the oppressed people no matter what religion or caste they belong to,” he added.
He maintained, “People of different religions and caste love me because of my poetry regardless of the fact whether I profess the same faith or not.”
“I am the voice of all broken souls and express their feelings through my poetry.”
Shakir Shuja Abadi pointed out 23 people were awarded presidential award in a ceremony which was held at Governor House, Lahore on March 25. “I was the only one among all 23 people who was given presidential award for the second time,” he said.
The poet said he received the award with hard work and due to the prayers of his admirers.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2017.