Renowned Sindhi intellectual‚ writer and journalist Sirajul Haq Memon was laid to rest in Karachi today (Sunday).
Renowned Sindhi intellectual‚ writer and journalist Sirajul Haq Memon was laid to rest in Karachi today (Sunday)
He passed away in Karachi yesterday (Saturday) He was 79.
He was born in Tando Jam in 1933. Siraj Memon was the author of many scholarly works on history and literature and also the author of Parado So Ee Saddu. He wrote about a dozen books and is considered a pillar of modern Sindhi. He published two collections of short stories and 6 novels in Sindhi.
He also worked on Sindhi linguistics and contributed research reports on history of Sindhi language. He had been the editor of established Sindhi daily Hilal-e-Pakistan for six years. When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto‚ the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan‚ formed Pakistan Peoples Party in late sixties‚ he bought the Hilal-e-Pakistan newspaper‚ which used to publish from Hyderabad at that time. In 1972‚ Bhutto decided to shift the paper to Karachi and switch over to modern methods of printing. Renowned writer Sirajul Haq Memon was appointed the editor who took the paper to new heights. The daily Hilal-e-Pakistan‚ under the editorship of Siraj revolutionized Sindhi journalism.
Siraj resigned from editorship when the Martial Law regime of Gen. Zia took over the paper in late 1977. Sirajul Haq Memon also served on several important positions including the Assistant Secretary of Sindhi Adabi Board.
President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of Siraj-ul-Haq.
In his condolence message‚ the president prayed to Almighty Allah for granting eternal peace to the departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
He was the uncle of Sindh Information Minister Sherjeel Memon.
His Namaz-e-Janaza was offered after Zohr prayers in Karachi today (Sunday).