M.Hameed Shahid’s "Marg Zaar" launched
Islamabad__ M.Hameed Shahid’s stories written in the backdrop
of 9/11 have introduced a different genre in Urdu fiction and by doing this he has set an example for other writers to follow.
Chairman Muqtadara Qaumi Zuban Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik held
this opinion of Hameed Shahid’s stories while presiding over the launching ceremony of Hameed Shahid’s third collection
of short stories titled as Marg Zaar at the Academy of Letters on Sunday.
Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters Iftikhar Arif, eminent short
story writer and play writer Mansha Yad, noted scholar Mubin Mirza, Nasir Abbas Nayyir, Ali Muhammad Farshi, Manzar Naqvi
and Asghar Abid discussed different features of Hameed Shahid’s short stories. They gave an overview of general as well
as particular themes in Hameed Shahid and called him “a prominent voice” who has a sensitive pen steeped in the
woes and conflicts of modern times.
Prof.Fateh Muhammad Malik held that Hameed Shahid’s short
stories are woven well. They remind one of Baidi and Manto as far as the questions of self and identity are concerned. He
said Hameed Shahid has never lost touch with his soil and takes us back to days when values had certain place in our lives
and people had an ear for a word of advice and goodness.
Iftakhar Arif said the use of the local vocabulary in Hameed Shahid
is commendable. Though he looks at the word beyond him while his feet are firmly planted on earth. He called “Sovarg Mein Sour” (a pig in the paradise) his representative story and drew a comparison between
him and other writes of short stories.
Mubin Mirza, a scholar and critic from Karachi,
held that Shahid’s short stories not only reflect suffering of those living around but they also point out the global
conspiracies and big powers’ ruthless use of force against the down-trodden nations. These aspects, said he, have contributed
a great deal the growth of the writer’s creative genius.