Poet, short story writer, editor and newspaper columnist Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi dominated the literary scene for nearly 70 years before his death in
He appeared on the literary scene in 1931 on the publication of his dirge on the death of Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar in the daily Siyasat,
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi also earned eminence in journalism as an editor and columnist. He was editor of the daily Imroze from 1953 to 1959 and his columns on culture, society and socioeconomic issues continued to appear in leading national dailies and are regarded as epitome of stylish expression and sobriety of opinion. He also wrote for children and was editor of weekly Phool from 1941 to 1945. His work for the promotion of literary activities in the country is also a salient feature of his life. He remained associated with the Majlis-e-Tarraqi-e-Adab,
As a towering personality of our time his commitment to the causes of peace and freedom, a just social order, emancipation of the down trodden sections of society from poverty, the promotion of humanity, tolerance and compassion were themes that featured not only in his creative work but also transformed his life as a progressive activist. He went to jail for this progressive beliefs in 1951 and 1958. His patriotic attachment to
Among his literary heritage are 15 collections of short fiction, eight collections of verse and 10 other books on literary and other subjects. He was awarded the Price of Performance by the government in 1968, the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1980 and the highest, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1999. The Pakistan Academy of Letters conferred upon him its lifetime achievements Kamal-e-Fun award in 1997.
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi led a full, long and rich life in all respects, as an honest man who rose from modest origins to great national stature, as a leading poet and writer, as an eminent journalist and as a very active member of the literary community whose work inspired his contemporaries, the younger will continue to inform future trends in literature.
On the 3rd Death Anniversary of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi Pakistan Post is issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs. 5/- denomination on July 10, 2009.