Shahryar Rashed

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Shahryar Rashed (Urdu: شہریار راشد) (1948 – 1998) was a Pakistani English language poet. He was the son of the 'father of modern Urdu poetry,' Noon Meem Rashed. Rashed attended Aitchison College, Lahore; Karachi Grammar School; and the United Nations International School in New York. After attending Drew University, Shahryar returned to Pakistan to complete his masters in English from Punjab University. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1971. His diplomatic postings took him to Europe, West Africa, Tokyo and Bombay. At the time of his death in 1998, he was ambassador to Uzbekistan.

Shahryar wrote a number of English radio and stage plays including The Immaculate Puptent which was broadcast on the English Service of BBC radio. He also published two collections of his verse: Hybrid (1991) and Liquid Clocks (1997), the latter awarded the Patras Bokhari Award for English Writing. A martial arts black-belt holder in the self-defense discipline of jiu jitsu, Shahryar was also a horseman, and a lover of classical music.

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