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Farewell to Prof. Mohd. Wasil Usmani by Overseas Pakistani Writers Forum (OPWF) and Urudu Markiz Eastern Province
Reports M. Ishaq N. Rana

May, 2001 - On last Thursday a hearty send off Moshaira probably the last one in the
honour of Professor Wasil Usmani a writer of 18 books including two of his
poetry books, poet and economist was arranged in the Mujbil Compound
Al-Khobar under the auspices of Overseas Pakistani Writers Forum where
several poets from Dammam, Khobar, Jubail and Al-Hassa participated. The
program was started with the recitation from the holy Qura'an and Syed Tariq
sung the "Naat " written by Wasil Usmani. Professor Sahib presided the
mehfil whereas another prominent Pakistani poet Hussain Sehar of Multan was
the Chief guest at the farewell. Zain Siddiqi performed as stage secretary
in the first phase of program and presented detailed introduction of
Professor Wasil Usmani and his achievements not only in literacy but other
field of economic and accountancy. The prominent Pakistani and Indian
literary personalities shed light on the Wail's personality and achievements
through their papers (Khakas). They all admired and praised not his
personality but the literary work he has accomplished. They said the Eastern
Province no doubt would miss Wasil Usmani. They included a prominent
personality Shoeb Nigrami, Iqbal Qamar, Shahid Mahmood, and Khursheed Ahmed.
Professor in reply to these papers thanked the Overseas Writers Forum for
arranging such a wonderful mehfil and also thanked the persons who read
papers for him. He said I am really moved with the love and thoughts you
have expressed for me. Your feelings, your affections are the assets of my
life and I will never forget them.
In the second part of program a mehfil-e-Mushaira was held. Overseas Writers
Forum's Iqbal Qamar performed as Nazim-e- Mushaira. The poets who recited
their poetry included Professor Wasil Usmani, Hussain Sehar, Iqbal Qamar,
Iqbal Fareed Maisori, Tariq Butt, Zain Siddiqi, Saeed Ahmed Muntazir, Tariq
Mahmood, Naz Muzaffarabadi, Tariq Mahmood, Doctor Shakeel,
On Friday an elegant send off luncheon was arranged in the honor of Wasil
Usmani by Zain Siddiqi, Nazim Urdu Markaz, Eastern Province. Prominent
Pakistani personalities including poets and writers mentioned above attended
this luncheon at Marhaba, Al-Khobar. Mushir Ahmed and Saleem Dosani the
college pupils of Professor Wasil Usmani also attended the luncheon.
Outburst of emotions could be seen at this occasion when Wasil was saying
goodbye to his friends, fellow poets, writers and pupils.

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