Mustafa Zaidi

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Mustafa Zaidi as Deputy Commissioner Lahore
Mustafa Zaidi
BornSyed Mustafa Hasnain Zaidi
(1930-10-10)10 October 1930
Allahabad, India
Died12 October 1970(1970-10-12) (aged 40)
Pen nameTegh Allahbadi
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Nazms and Ghazals
Notable awards Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam
SpouseVera Zaidi

Mustafa Zaidi (born Syed Mustafa Hasnain Zaidi; 10 October 1930 – 2 October 1970) was a Pakistani Urdu poet and a civil servant. [1] [2]


Early Life

In 1954, he passed the competitive examination and was sent to England for training before being given the posts of deputy commissioner and deputy secretary. [3]

He married Vera Zaidi, a German, with whom he had a son and a daughter. [4]

In June 1970, he was dismissed from civil service along with 38 other CSP officers by President Gen. Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan's regime. [5]

He died on 12 October 1970, two days after his 40th birthday, in Karachi under mysterious circumstances. [6] [7]

Literary works

He also wrote under his pen-name Tegh Allahabadi. His initial poetry was romantic in nature. At the age of 17, published his first collection of poetry Zanjeeren in 1949, followed by, Zangeerein (1949), Roshni (1950), Shehr-e-Azar (City of Idol Worshippers; 1958), Mauj Meri Sadaf Sadaf (1960), Gareban (1964), Qaba-e-Saaz (1967) and Koh-e-Nida (1971) (published posthumously). His complete work was published as Kulliyaat-i-Mustafa Zaidi posthumously. [3]

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