Eminent writer, linguist Jameel Jalibi passes away at 89

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Karachi: Muhammad Jameel Khan known to all as ‘Jameel Jalibi’, a noted linguist, writer, educationist and scholar passed away in Karachi today after battling against long-held illness.

His contribution and massive work for promoting Urdu language and for the cultural development is beyond explication and is truly phenomenal.

Jalibi was the author of many famous books that highlighted his perception and research based work on the Pakistani Culture including Aristotle to Elliot, Tareekh-e-Adab-e-Urdu, Tanqeed aur Tajarba.

In past, the veteran scholar has rendered his services at key positions including Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi, President of Urdu Lughat Board and Chairman of National Language Authority.

On account of his massive contribution to the Urdu Literature, Government of Pakistan honored him with the prestigious awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

Jalibi was born to a Yusufzai family of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh on June 12, 1929. His early schooling was in Aligarh. He matriculated in Saharanpur and did his Bachelor of Arts from Meerut College. At the time of Partition, Jalibi migrated to Karachi, Pakistan, where he continued his education and literary activities.