Raja Anwar

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Raja Anwar is a Pakistani journalist and writer, and a former PPP political activist.

Personal life

Anwar was born into a Bhakral Rajput family of Darkali Sher Shahi a village, near Kallar Syedan (Rawlpindi district) in 1948. Anwar was a student leader (president of Gordon College Students Union)in the sixties and later joined the Pakistan Peoples Party.The agitation against the then military dictator Gen Ayub Khan sparked in goron college.Anwar led the first procession of youth on 7th of november 1968 against Ayub Khan in Rawalpindi,which resulted into a country wide movement.He was arrested times and again by the authorities however Ayub Khan had to step down in march 1969.Gen Yehya the successor of Ayub Khan imprisoned him for one year.He wrote his first book "Barri Jail Se Chhoti Jail Tak" based on his memoires of prison in 1970 .It was the first book on prisons written by a student.Raja Anwar got fame from his Book "JHOTAY RUP KE DARHSAN"based on love letters written by him to his girl friend "Kawal" during their tenure of punjab university from 1971 to 1973 approximately.Anwar was appointed as an adviser on Students and Labour in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government (1974–1977). Anwar escaped to Afghanistan after Bhutto was toppled by a right-wing military coup led by Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

In Kabul, Anwar joined Bhutto's elder son, Murtaza Bhutto, and formed Al-Zulfiqar, a...
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