Today is 23th death-anniversary of renowned Urdu poet Mohsin Naqvi. He was born on 5th May,1947 in Dera Ghazi Khan, just one month before declaration of Partition Plan of British India. His original name was Syed Ghulam Abbas Naqvi. His father Syed Chiragh Hussain Naqvi first was Saddle-maker then he worked as Foof-vendor. Mohsin Naqvi did graduation from Government College Multan and Masters from Punjab University Lahore.
When he started poetry, he adopted Pseudonym/Pen-name (Takhallus) Moshin and he became later as Mohsin Naqvi. He uttered not only Poems, Ghazals but Marsiya (Laments), Nohas (Eligies).
A partial list of Urdu poetry books of Naqvi:
Azaab-e-Deed عذابِ دید
Khaima-e-Jaan خَیمۂِ جاں
Berg-e-Sehra برگِ صِحرا
Band-e-Kbaa بندِ قبا
Mauj-e-idraak مَوجِ ادراک
Tulu-e-ashk طُلُوعِ اشک
Furat-e-fikr فُراتِ فکر
Reza-e-harf ریزۂِ حرف
Rakht-e-shab رختِ شب
Rida-e-khaab رِدائے خواب
Haq-e-Aeliya حقِ ایلیا
Before 23 years, on 15thJanuary 1996 he was gunned down allegedly by terrorist of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi-Lej in Moon Market, a famous Bazar of Lahore. Riaz Basra, Chief of LeJ /SSP was nominated prime suspect in FIR registered then. His Shia identity was prime motive of his murder. In 90s Punjab in Pakistan particularly saw a wave of target-killing of Shia Muslims. Allegedly LeJ, a militant death squad of banned sectarian outfit SSP led by Riaz Basra started to kill Shia Muslims. This terrorist organization particularly hit Religious Scholars, Doctors, Professionals, Teachers, Traders, authors, writers, poets, political leaders and lawyers belonged to Shia Muslim sect from 90s. Hundreds of Shia Muslims were targeted to death in that era and Mohsin Naqvi was one of them.
According to his Son Syed Aqeel Mohsin Naqvi, before just few moments of his death Mohsin Naqvi recited couplet:
سفر تو خیر کٹ گیا
میں کرچیوں میں بٹ گیا
( At last Journey(of life) ended but I split into shards)
Mohsin Naqvi’s grave in Karbala Shreef Dera Ghazi Khan