Icon of Sindhi literature Siraj Memon laid to rest

Karachi: Renowned Sindhi intellectual‚ writer, journalist and senior lawyer of Supreme Court Sirajul Haq Memon was laid to rest at DHA graveyard in Karachi on Sunday. He had passed away in Karachi on Saturday at the age of 79. His funeral prayers were offered after Zohar prayers at Sultan mosque Phase-V, DHA.

Chief Justice Sindh High Court Mr. Justice Musheer Alam, Senator Raza Rabbani, Senator Saeed Ghani, PPP leader Taj Haider, Prime Minister’s Advisor Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, provincial ministers Murad Ali Shah, Jam Mahtab Dahar, Nadeem Bhutto, Adil Siddiqui, Saghir Ahmed, MPAs Imdad Pitafi, Sikandar Shoro, Fayyaz Butt, Dr. Sattar Rajpar, Rashid Rabbani, senior lawyer Mujeeb Pirzado, former city Nazim Naimatullah Khan, former chief secretary Aslam Sanjrani, former IGP Mushtaq Shah, secretary culture Aziz Uqaili, former bureaucrats Abdul Qadir Mangi, Naushad Shaikh, writers and journalists Badar Abro, Bedil Masroor, Jabbar Khattak, Ghulam Qadir Palijo, Yousuf Laghari and a large number of others attended the funeral prayers.

Earlier, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Justice ® Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim visited the residence of Sirajul Haq Memon and offered condolence to his family members and Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon. MNA Dr. Khatu Mal and a large number of doctors and engineers also offered condolence.

The Soyem of late Sirajul Haq Memon will be held on Monday after Namaz-e-Asr at F13, Block4 near Mohatta Palace, Clifton.

Moreover, a condolence reference will be held for late Sirajul Haq Memon on February 10 at 2p.m at Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.

President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of Sirajul-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 Sharjeel Memon.

Born in Tando Jam in 1933, Siraj Memon was the author of many scholarly works on history and literature and also the author of historic novel Parado So Ee Saddu. He wrote about a dozen books and was considered a pillar of modern Sindhi literature. 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.