Dr Asif Farrukhi, A Well-known Writer & intellectual passes away
Well-known author, intellectual and literary personality Dr Asif Farrukhi passed away today at the age of 60 in Karachi.
Asif Farrukhi was diabetic and had been unwell for the past few days.
His funeral prayers will be offered at Karachi University tomorrow after Asr prayers, after which he will be buried in the cemetery of Karachi University.
Dr Asif Farkhi was born on September 16, 1959, in the house of eminent writer, poet and critic Aslam Farrukhi and many members of his family remained associated with literature and poetry while his mother belonged to the family of renowned writer Deputy Nazir Ahmed.
Dr Asif Farrukhi received his early education from St. Patrick’s School and later did his MBBS from Dow Medical College.
He later graduated from Harvard University and worked on the faculty of Aga Khan University from 1985 to 1993.
In 2010, he introduced the culture of literary festivals in Pakistan and started the Karachi Literature Festival in collaboration with Oxford University. Due to its unprecedented success, the culture of literary festivals began to organize throughout Pakistan.
From 1994 to 2014, Dr Asif Farrukhi worked with UNICEF and in 2014 became affiliated with Habib University.
He also did short courses in Health Economics and Financing from London and has been associated with various institutions, Aga Khan is at the forefront.
He was known for his short stories and essays and has published seven collections of short stories and two essay books.
He also translated the works of several famous and modern literary figures, most recently he translated a collection of critical essays on Manto and a collection of poetry and essays on Karachi.
In 1997, he was awarded the Pakistan Literary Award by the Pakistan Academy of Letters in recognition of his services, while the government also awarded him the Medal of Distinction in recognition of his services.
Prominent social and literary figures have expressed deep sorrow and grief over his demise.
Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return! Habib University today has lost a key founding faculty member of its community Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi. We request our readers to say a prayer for Dr. Farrukhi and may he rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/ZvpEe3KI00
— Habib University (@HabibUniversity) June 1, 2020
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