Majlis-e-Frogh-e-Urdu Adab (MFUA), a renowned literary organisation based in Qatar, recently appointed new members of its managing committee, Mohamed Atiq, MFUA chairman, announced.
The new office bearers include Qamar uz Zaman Bhatti, president, Javed Humayun and Roase Mumtaz, vice presidents, Obaid Tahir, secretary-general, Furqan Ahmed Paracha and Zahid Sharif, joint secretaries, engineer Abdul Razzaq and Javed Bhatti, information secretaries, and Raza Hussain Raza, finance secretary.
Atiq has been living in Qatar since March 1973. He is also the chairman of Shaeqee Ne Fun, a socio-cultural organisation of Pakistani expatriates in Qatar.
MFUA was founded by late Malik Museeb ur Rehman in Doha, Qatar in 1991. Its sole objective is to promote the Urdu language and literature and hold international Urdu mushairas (an evening social gathering at which Urdu poetry is read) and other events of literary nature, by inviting prominent Urdu poets, scholars and distinguished dignitaries from Pakistan, India, GCC states, Europe, US, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Australia and other countries.
In addition to holding international Urdu mushairas every year since 1994, MFUA has been giving ‘Aalmi Frogh-e-Urdu Adab Awards’' annually since 1996.
These awards comprise a gold medal and a cash award of Rs150,000 for each award winner and are given to two writers and scholars, one from Pakistan and the other from India, for their lifetime achievements in creative fiction, research and critical works.
In January this year, Majlis announced the names of its ‘Silver Jubilee Award’ winners from Pakistan and India, thus earning the privilege of honouring 25 top Pakistani Urdu scholars and 25 top Indian Urdu scholars since 1996.