Activist Abeda Azad’s voice persists years after her passing

Her poetry, like a symphony of words, resonated deeply with readers

Our Correspondent April 22, 2024


As Pakistan's literary landscape commemorated another year without Abeda Iqbal Azad, her memory remains as fresh as ever.

Even 12 years after her passing on April 20, 2012, Abeda stands tall by the virtue of her metaphoric presence in modern-day literature whose impact continues to reverberate across generations, her works serving as source of inspiration for aspiring writers and seasoned wordsmiths alike.

Her poetry, like a symphony of words, resonated deeply with readers. Equally powerful was her narrative in story stories. Through her stories, she painted detailed portraits of life in all its shades, from the bustling streets of Karachi to the quiet corners of rural villages, each tale presenting masterpiece of character and conflict.

Azad was widely known for her historic literature of 1971 Pak-India war and political uprising in the then East Pakistan such as "Dateline Dhaka" and Aag ka darya hai aor doob ker jana hai." As an activist, Azad dedicated her life to advocating for social justice, equality, and human rights. She fearlessly spoke out against oppression and discrimination, using her voice as a tool for change.

Whether protesting through poetry or raising awareness through her writing, Azad was relentless in her pursuit of a more just and equitable society.


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