India-born Pakistani poet Fahmida Riaz dies

Lahore: Noted India-born Pakistani poet and human rights activist Fahmida Riaz has passed away following a prolonged illness at the age of 73 in Lahore, media said. Riaz, who fled Pakistan during former military dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s rule and lived in self exile in India for seven years, had been unwell for the past few months. Born into a literary family of Meerut in UP in July, 1945 and settled in Hyderabad following her father’s transfer to Sindh, raised her voice for women rights and democracy in Pakistan, The News International reported.

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