Beloved columnist, poet Munnu Bhai passes away at 84


LAHORE: Pakistan’s renowned columnist and poet Munir Ahmed Qureshi, more popularly referred to as Munnu Bhai, passed away on Friday, at the age of 84.

Munnu Bhai had been suffering from kidney and cardiac problems for a while and had been going through routine dialysis treatment at a private hospital in Lahore.

The beloved poet was born in Wazirabad on February 6, 1933, and was affiliated with journalism for more than 25 years. He also wrote several dramas for Pakistan Television, the most famous being Sohna Chandni which will always be remembered by his fans.

In 2007, he was given Pride of Performance award by the state of Pakistan.

Apart from his work as a playwright and poet, Munnu Bhai also worked towards free media. He said that terrorism, poverty and social degradation could be eliminated by means of truthful journalism. He strongly believed that with time, journalism in Pakistan would mature and perform a constructive role in society.

In 2014, he donated his entire literary collection to Government College University (GCU) as a token of appreciation for its contribution to the promotion of drama and literature.

President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise. He prayed for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family. The President said that his services in the field of literature and journalism will always be remembered.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker of National Assembly also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Munnu Bhai.

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his condolences on Twitter following news of Munno Bhai’s death, where he shared a picture with the poet and captioned it, “So sad to hear Munnu Bhai has passed away. Pakistan loses another progressive voice of integrity & sanity.”

Fans and followers, including Sherry Rehman, Adeel Hashmi, Marvi Sirmed and Juggan Kazim, took to Twitter to express their grief over this loss.

Munnu Bhai was laid to rest in Miani Sahib cemetery in the presence of a large number of people from all walks of life.