Sunday, April 22, 2012

Murataza Razvi

When I first saw him..hmm...he was one of the guest speakers in the Granta Magazine ceremony held in British Council. 

The Issue no. 112 of Granta magazine was on Pakistan and all the writers included in the issue were from Pakistan. 

All the speakers were seated and was ready to talk highly about the writers selected by Granta.

John Freeman(Editor) said that he searched so hard and it took him almost a year to unite and collect such writers who are very popular in Pakistan...hmm...

And there and then…Murtaza Razvi spoke up… 

He said something like…sorry…this is not actual literature you picked from Pakistan. Our literature is much more decent and Granta have not touched even one of the finest writers of Pakistan. 

And I said…’bravo…this man has courage to speak his heart out…hmm…he is brave’ 

How Granta picked those writers and who was the one who gave GRANTA the advise to choose those writers is another story. 

However...if you go through the magazine details you will see that those are not the cream of the writers Pakistan is blessed with. 

Murtaza Razvi was right…Granta failed to actually touch our literature. 

After the session I went to him…congratulate him on his out spoken speech and asked him for his card…on which at first he gave me someone else’s card…and asked me later to return…he had his own card in his hand by that time and I smiled on his simplicity. 

Recently...I am shocked to read about his murder in a personal blog of a fellow blogger. 

I am also very displeased on the silent acceptance of his murder by the media and the news papers. 

Isn’t sad that the person who was so out spoken for the truth has no one to speak for him? 

May Allah rest his soul in peace ! 
May Allah give his family courage to go through the pain. 


  1. What!! :O
    My God.. Can't believe this.. Really Sad. :( :(
    May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

  2. Greetings,

    May he rest in peace.

    All good wishes,


  3. May he rest in peace. It is indeed sad that there is so little coverage of his murder in the media. I simply fail to understand why.

  4. oh wow! how awful! truth is stranger than fiction.

  5. After March 3rd post about tradegy, you are back blogging regularly.
    -good to see you back, sorry I missed your posts as I was on visit to your country and am just back to my saat sumander paar zindgi again in Canada.
    I am very sad to learn about the murder of an outspoken writer. May the deceased rest in peace and May Allah give sabr to his dear ones. aameen!
    See you around--------

  6. I agree the almost silence of the newspapers on the shocking death of Murtaza Razvi is deafening. He spoke his mind. Does the truth of his murder lie in his outspoken views?

  7. Thinking,

    Unfortunately such honest outspoken persons are a thorn on the side of those who have vested interest to keep many things silent. May God bless his soul with eternal peace. Also may some persons at least learn from his life and speak as per own conscience.

    Take care

  8. hmm...Dear All...

    Thank you so much for coming...I am honored.