Jammu: JKAACL today dedicated a literary cum cultural event to late Arash Sehbai renowned Urdu poet and Shamas ur Rehman Farooqi a prolific Urdu Critic today at K L Saigal Hall of Jammu And Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and languages canal road Jammu.
Renowned Urdu poet and retd IAS officer Pritpal Singh Betab presided over the function while Maqbool Ferozi a Persian scholar and Urdu critic was chief guest on the occasion, well known Urdu poet Mr Ahmed Shanas and short story writer of Punjabi language Khalid Hussain also shared the presidum in the event. The poets and paper reader who recited and spoke on the occasion include Dr Shahnaz Qaderi, Prof. M K Waqar Ghulam Sarwar Chauhan, Suhail Sadeeqi, Naseem Akhter٬ Geetika Kohli, Parwaiz Malik, Dr Liaqat Jaferi, Adil Ferhat, Fozia Mughal, Bashir Mehtab and Rashid Ahmad Fani.
In his presidential remarks Pritpal Singh Betab paid tribute to the scholarly vision and hard-work done by Shamas ur Rehman Farooqi for promotion and development of Urdu language. A number of writers and academy staff and other prominents were present on the occasion and paid their tributes. A Mehil e Moseeqi was also organized.