Pakistan Post to issue commemmorative stamp of Jaun Elia

Postage stamp would be available for general public at all the General Post Offices (GPOs).

APP November 07, 2013
Jaun Elia wrote his first Urdu couplet when he was just eight years old. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post has decided to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Friday to pay tribute to late Jaun Elia for his excellent work in Urdu poetry.

The stamp will be available for general public at all the General Post Offices (GPOs).

Elia was a renowned Urdu Poet of Pakistan. Born in Amroha, India on December 14, 1931, he migrated to Pakistan in 1957. His father Shafique Hassan Elia was an educated person and famous Astrologist.

Elia migrated to Pakistan in 1957, and made Karachi his home. His poetry won him both acclaim and approbation in the local literary circle.

His first poetry collection Shayad was published in 1991, when he was 60. His preface in this collection provided deep insights into his works and the culture within which he was expressing his ideas.

The preface can also be considered as a fine example of modern Urdu prose.

The second collection of his poetry Ya’ani was published posthumously in 2003.

He acquired knowledge of philosophy, logic, Islamic history, the Muslim Sufi tradition, Muslim religious sciences, Western literature, and Kabbala.

His synthesis of this knowledge into his poetry differentiates him from his modern contemporaries.

He died after a protracted illness on 8 November 2002 in Karachi.


cyrus | 7 years ago | Reply

Great Job! welldone.

Asad Khan | 7 years ago | Reply ....although your Post offices are dark n dingy and quite often the attitude of staff is tired & non cooperative BUT when you commemorate people of substance like late Jaun Elia & Abdus Salam for their excellent work..... then I must say..... Way to Go Pakistan Post, Hurray Hurray, Good job. regards,
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