LAHORE The death anniversaries of veteran Urdu poets Munir Niazi and Parveen Shakir went unnoticed, as no major ceremony was organised to mark their death anniversaries on Sunday. While talking to TheNation, Begum Nahid Munir Niazi urged the government to establish a research institute in the name of Munir Niazi as the poet deserved such honour. Sharing her memories with this scribe on the occasion of 4th death anniversary of Munir Niazi on Sunday, she said he was not only a great poet but also a very good humanitarian. She said he did nothing except doing poetry throughout his life, adding Munir Sahib was not fit for any job as he could not compromise on his personal independence. Begum Nahid regretted that the government had no interest to do something for the development of Urdu and for the welfare of poets and writers. The tradition of poetry sessions (Mushairas) was vanishing and no one was ready to 'waste his time in cultural activities, she added. It is pertinent to mention here that no major ceremony was held in the City to mark the death anniversary of Munir Niazi, however, TV channels on aired news and documentaries on his life and poetry work and special editions were also published in a few leading newspapers to commemorate the departed legend. Some poets and writers including Director PILAC Dr Shugra Sadaf, Karamat Bokhari, Sofia Bedar and others visited Munir Niazis residence where Quran Khawani and prayer was offered for eternal peace of the departed soul. Munir Niazi was born in Khanpur, Near Hushiyarpur India on April 19, 1928. After partition his family migrated to Pakistan and settled at Sahiwal. After completion his graduation from Diyal Singh College, Niazi launched a weekly magazine and wrote songs for films. He also wrote for newspapers and television. A number of famous national songs are also on his credit. 'Taiz Hawa Tanha Phool, 'Jangal Men Dhanak, Dushmano Key Darmian Sham, 'Mah-e-Munir, 'Aik Musalsal and 'Siyah Shab Ka Samundar, Safar Di Raat, 'Rasta Dasan Waley Tarey and 'Char Chup Cheezan are his famous Urdu and Punjabi books. Munir was awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz for the recognition of his services for Urdu and Punjabi literature. Same is the case with renowned poetess Parveen Shakir, as no ceremony was organised in the City to mark her 16th death anniversary. Her poetry reflected her inner feelings based on deprivations. She was born in 1952 in Karachi and did her masters in English Literature and Linguistics from Karachi University and public administration from Harvard University. She worked as a teacher and later joined civil services in the Custom Department. Commenting on her poetry, renowned columnist and poet Khalid Ahmad said her poetry based on her strong observation. He said the poetess used English techniques in free verses as she had thoroughly studied the English literature. Admiring the poetess, he said Ada Jafery and Parveen Shakir were the representatives of Urdu poetess. 'Khushboo, 'Khud Kalami, 'Mah-e-Tamam, 'Inkaar and 'Sad-barg are her famous books. She was awarded Pride of Performance for her contribution in Urdu literature.