Islamabad - Literary circles across the country acknowledged the valuable contribution of Parveen Shakir in Urdu literature and paid glowing tributes on her 20th death anniversary on Friday.

Parveen Shakir was born on November 24, 1952 in Karachi. She was highly educated with two masters degrees, one in English literature and one in linguistics. She also held a PhD and another masters degree in Bank Administration. She was a teacher for nine years before she joined the Civil Service and worked in the Customs department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR in Islamabad.

Talking to APP, Prominent literary figure, Professor, Fateh Muhammad Malik said the first poetic collection of Parveen Shakir astonished the literary circles in the country and they were surprised by rise of a new personality on the horizon of literature. He said unfortunately she lost her life in a car accident when she was at the peak of her career and about to make huge contribution. He said although her work remained incomplete yet whatever she has contributed is of immense importance and would remain alive in the hearts and minds of literature lovers.

Parveen Shakir was an intellectual and a gifted poetess and she enriched the literature with her unique collection and expertise in the art of poetry, Malik said.

Chairperson Parveen Shakir Trust, Parveen Qadir Agha said the trust was established after the death of Parveen Shakir by her close friends with the objectives to promote, preserve and protect her works and look after her minor son. The trust arranges Quran Khwani and a function every year to mark her death anniversary.

Similarly, a function would be arranged on Saturday (December 27) to pay tribute to her contribution, she said.

About her poetry, she said her poetry was not confined to a single issue but she touched variety of issues. Her poetry carried universal thoughts and ideas and was for the people of all ages.

The first book of Parveen Shakir was `Khushboo’ which won the Adamjee award.Later she was awarded the Pride of Performance award, which is the highest award given by the Pakistan government.

On December 26, 1994, on her way to work, her car collided with a truck and the world of modern Urdu poetry lost one of its brightest stars.