The 25th death anniversary of Parveen Shakir
The 25th death anniversary of renowned poetess
Parveen Shakir was an Urdu poetess, educator and a municipal servant of the Government of Pakistan. She was born on 24 November 1952 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
She began composing at an early age and spread her first volume of verse, Khushbu [Fragrance], to incredible recognition, in 1976.
She was a qualified master’s degree holder in English literature and linguistics. Parveen was a shaira of extreme versatility, who, in addition to being a poet, was a news correspondent, an educator and a civil servant.
Parveen Shakir did her matriculation in 1966, intermediate in 1968, B.A (Hons) in 1971 and M.A (English) from Karachi University in 1972. She showed up in CSS in 1982 and secured second position in Pakistan. Parveen Shakir acquired two graduate degrees, one in English Literature and the other one in Linguistics. She additionally held a few degrees and another graduate degree in Bank Administration. She was an instructor for a long time before she joined the Civil Service and functioned in the Customs Department.
Parveen taught English writing for a long time at Abdullah College in Karachi before joining the civil administrations. In the course of her administration service.
In the beginning of her career she used the pen-name ‘bina’. Numerous books of her sher-o-shayari have been published, like Khushboo (1976), Sad-barg (1980), Khud-kalaami (1990), Inkaar (1990) and Maah-e-Tamaam (1994). As an award for her talent and achievement, she was honored with “Adamji Award” and felicitated with the title of “Pride of Performance” by the Pakistan government.
Parveen Shakir wedded a Pakistani doctor, Syed Naseer Ali, with whom she had a child, Syed Murad Ali. Unfortunately the marriage did not keep going long and finished in a divorce.
On 26 December 1994, Parveen’s car hit with a bus when she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The street on which the mischance occurred is named after her now (ParveenShakir Road). At her departure from life, she was just 42 years of age and her sudden passing was an extraordinary stun to her fans.