Jaun Elia being remembered on 89th birth anniversary

LAHORE: Renowned scholar and eminent poet Jaun Elia is being remembered on the occasion of his 89th birth anniversary today.

Born on 14th December 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pardesh, John migrated to Pakistan in 1957 and settled in Karachi. He wrote his first Urdu couplet when he was just eight years old. His famous poetry collections include Shayed, Ya’ani, Gumaan, Lekan, and Goya.

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The poet had complete command over Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew and he was a highly skilled translator as well. For his literary services, he got the Presidential Pride of Performance Award in 2000.

Jaun Elia was romantic and yet strongly believed in the family system. He tied the knot with a known story writer, columnist Zahida Hina but later they divorced. His religious views could be well explained in the following verse. Elia died on 8th November 2002, after a protracted illness, and is resting in Sakhi Hassan graveyard of Karachi. 

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