Versatile Hindko writer, Nazir Bhatti passes away

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Noted Hindko trilingual writer, Nazir Bhatti died of multiple health complications at his residence at Aasia Gate, Peshawar, on late Sunday night and was laid to rest in a graveyard near People’s Colony, here on Monday morning, family sources confirmed.

He was 80. People from all walks of life, including local artists, and literati attended his Namaz-i-Janaza. He left behind a widow, six daughters, and three sons to mourn his death.

Being a prolific writer, he had authored around 20 published and unpublished books and used to contribute columns to a local Urdu daily for more than a decade. Born in 1940, Nazir Bhatti did his matric from the Government High School No. 2, Peshawar City and got premature retirement from the provincial Directorate of Industries and Commerce in 1980 to devote more time for serving his literary pursuits.

He grew up as a versatile writer as he had proved his mettle to serve Hindko, Pashto and Urdu languages with equal strength and vision. Recipient of numerous awards, he enjoyed a great literary acumen for his quality works whether drama, film, stage, column writing, poetry, research, criticism, and fiction and even acting and production.

A man of many different tastes and shades, he had started his literary career as a playwright with PTV, Peshawar way back in 1975 and had penned down over 700 plays in Hindko, Pashto and Urdu on different social issues. Around 70 and 30 plays were to his credit for radio and stage respectively and also had written screen plays and songs for 32 Hindko, Pashto and Urdu movies.

Mr Nazir Bhatti had performed as an actor in 19 Pashto and Urdu movies and also had produced a Hindko film ‘Badmash’ and as master scriptwriter, he had penned down scripts for over 25 Pashto telefilms and created memorable characters.

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