Popular Urdu poet to be honored in Jeddah

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The Aalami Urdu Markaz team, led by Athar Nafees Abbasi, released details about “Jashn-e-Aezaz” in Jeddah on Tuesday.
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Naeem Bazidpuri
Updated 16 February 2017
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Popular Urdu poet to be honored in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A leading Jeddah-based Urdu poet will be honored on Friday for his contribution to the popular genre of literature known as ghazal.
The India-born Pakistani national, Naeem Bazidpuri, has long been a regular fixture at Saudi and international poetry gatherings (mushaira). His poetry is widely applauded for its simplicity and unique style.
Born in Bazidpur in Bihar, India, he wrote his first poem at the age of 9. It was published in the popular children’s magazine “Khilona” in 1955. He has been employed as a senior journalist with Urdu News, a sister publication of Arab News, since 1994. He arrived in the Kingdom in 1977; his family migrated to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1947.
Bazidpuri takes pride in the fact that he was widely published in Seemab Akbarabadi’s “Shayer” and Khustar Girami’s “Beesween Sadi” — magazines that were known for their prestige and scholarship.
“Since he commands wide respect, we thought it fitting to organize a grand event to honor him and celebrate his poetry,” said Athar Nafees Abbasi, president of Aalami Urdu Markaz which is organizing the event at Jeddah’s La Sani (Spinzer) Restaurant.
Abbasi said that every six months a new literary figure would be similarly honored.
The event, dubbed “Jashn-e-Aezaz,” will be anchored by Hamid Islam Khan and Amir Khurshid Rizvi.
Urdu News Editor in Chief Tarek Mishkhas will be among the prominent guests.
Among those who will shed light on Bazidpuri’s poetry and literary contributions will be Jeddah Radio Urdu Section head, Mohammed Laeequllah Khan; well-known literary figure Fezaur Rahman; popular humorist from Riyadh, Shaukat Jamal as well as the columnist and literary editor, Shahzad Azam and educationist Zia Abdullah Nadwi.
In the event’s second part, Bazidpuri will entertain the audience with selections from his latest poetry.
Those who wish to attend should contact Abassi on 0504851972 or Hamid Islam Khan on 0551902688.


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, Shalaan Al-Shalaan, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman, told reporters in Riyadh on Thursday.

Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that a sketch of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Turkey’s Istanbul consulate on October 2. (Reuters)

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

Al-Shalaan said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”