Karachi: It has been over six decades since the death of famous novelist and playwright Saadat Hasan Manto – a man, who through his writings, touched upon subjects which the society was ever reluctant to acknowledge.
Manto narrated and unveiled unspoken ills of the society through his fearless and bold writing. Born in 1912 in Ludhiana, through his novels and short stories, Manto narrated the stark realities and brutal truths of the society that no one dared to talk about.
Some of his publications are, Atishpare, Manto Ke Afsane, Dhuan, Afsane Aur Drame , Laazat-e-Sang, Thanda Gosht, Baghair Ijazt, Burque, Ratti, Masha, Tolah.
He also wrote famous letters to Uncle Saim, which were published in English language as well.
“People think his writings were vulgar. We believe he wrote the truth,” said Pakistani producer, Iqbal Latif. “Can anyone today say with all honesty that whatever he wrote then is still not true for our society?”
On January 18, 2005,Government of Pakistan also issued a postage stamp to commemorate his services on 50th death anniversary.The postage stamp read “Saadat Hasan Manto(1912-1955) Men of Letters.”
On August 14, 2012, Manto was honored with Nishan-e-Imtiaz award by Pakistani government.
Manto died in Lahore at the age of 42 on January 18, 1955.