Mustafa Zaidi

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Mustafa Zaidi
Born Syed Mustafa Hasnain Zaidi
(1930-10-10)10 October 1930
Allahabad, India
Died 12 October 1970(1970-10-12) (aged 40)
Pen name Tegh Allahbadi
Occupation Poet
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Nazms and Ghazals
Notable awards Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam
Spouse Vera Zaidi
Relatives Syed Lakhte Hussain Zaidi (father)

Mustafa Zaidi (Urdu: مصطفیٰ زیدی‎) (1930–1970), Born Syed Mustafa Hasnain Zaidi, was a Pakistani Urdu poet.


Mustafa Zaidi was born as Syed Mustafa Hasnain Zaidi on 10 Oct 1930 in Allahabad. He completed his Master of Arts in English literature in 1952 from the Government College, Lahore. Initially, he taught at Karachi's Islamia College and then at Peshawar University. In 1954, he passed the competitive examination and was sent to England for training before being given the posts of deputy commissioner and deputy secretary.[1]

He married Vera Zaidi, a German woman. They had two children, a boy and a girl.[2]

He died on 12 October 1970 in Karachi under mysterious circumstances.[3][4]


He also wrote under his pen-name Tegh Allahabadi. His initial poetry was romantic in nature. At the age of 17, published his first collection of poetry Zanjeeren in 1949, followed by, Zangeerein (1949), Roshni (1950), Shehr-e-Azar (City of Idol Worshippers; 1958), Mauj Meri Sadaf Sadaf (1960), Gareban (1964), Qaba-e-Saaz (1967) and Koh-e-Nida (1971) (published posthumously). His complete work was published as Kulliyaat-i-Mustafa Zaidi posthumously.[1]

Further reading

  • Laurel Steele (2005). Relocating the Postcolonial Self: Place, Metaphor, Memory and the Urdu Poetry of Mustafa Zaidi (1930-1970) (PhD). Chicago: University of Chicago, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. OCLC 60817790. 
  • Zafarullah Khan (1984). Mustafa Zaidi: Shakhsiyat aur Shairi (in Urdu). Majlis-i Fikr o Adab. OCLC 15697137. 

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mustafa Zaidi: murder or suicide?". DAWN. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Ali, Kamran Asdar (2014-12-01). "COLUMN: A moment in Karachi's history: a poet's death remembered". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  3. ^ Yunus Ahmar (1999). Modern Urdu Poets. New Delhi: Adam Publishers and Distributors. p. 101. ISBN 978-81-7435-162-3. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Parekh, Rauf (2015-04-27). "Creativity and mental disorder: Urdu poets and writers who committed suicide". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 

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