The excitement was palpable at the Urdu Department of Ankara University, where students, teachers and literati of Turkish capital had gathered to listen to renowned Urdu poet, play writer and lyricist Amjad Islam Amjad. 

It was an evening of mixed shades that began with the rendition of a satire filled profile of Amjad by Syed Ghalib Raza Gillani, director studies at the Pakistani mission. Laced with wit and humor, it delighted everyone so that room resonated with chuckles and laughter, with every revelation about Amjad’s life.

The mood soon turned somber, when Ahmed Bakhtiyar Ashraf, a professor of Urdu,

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