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Shafqat Tanvir Mirza

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Shafqat Tanvir Mirza
Born6 February 1932[1]
Died20 November 2012(2012-11-20) (aged 80)[1]
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation(s)Journalist, Writer[1]
RelativesTamkinat Ara (wife) (married in 1963)[2]
Tabashra Bano (daughter)[2]
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2006[1]

Shafqat Tanvir Mirza – known by many as STM (6 February 1932 – 20 November 2012) was a Pakistani writer and a journalist.[2] He was also a journalist union leader and was sent to jail twice because of his activities on behalf of newspapers he worked for.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in the village of Domeli, in the Punjab province of Pakistan, he studied at schools in Chakwal, Khushab, Wazirabad, Attock, Bahawalnagar and at Gordon College, Rawalpindi.[1] Mirza's earlier career centred on Rawalpindi, where he worked for the daily newspapers Tameer and Hilal, as well as at Radio Pakistan. In 1970, he joined Daily Musawat, subsequently moving on to Daily Imroze, where he became the editor. In the 1990s, Shafqat Tanvir Mirza joined the English language newspaper Dawn, where he contributed regular columns on Punjabi language and culture.[2][1]

Activities as an author and translator[edit]

Shafqat Tanvir Mirza was also active as an author, writing and translating a number of books. He wrote in Urdu, Punjabi and English.

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Shafqat Tanvir Mirza profile and Pride of Performance Award info on The Express Tribune newspaper Published 21 Nov 2012, Retrieved 4 January 2024
  2. ^ a b c d e Nazeer Kahut (20 November 2012). "Shafqat Tanvir Mirza is no more: Profile: A lifetime of activism". Academy of the Punjab in North America website (APNA). Retrieved 4 January 2024.