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A Tribute to Munir Hussain (1929 – 2013)


A Tribute to Munir Hussain (1929 – 2013)

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for an evening of remembrance and tribute to Munir Hussain, a pioneering commentator, groundbreaking publisher, Karachi City Cricket Association mandarin, and sagacious elder presence in the nation’s cricket circles.

A diehard cricket lover, Munir Hussain could not get enough of the game and had immersed himself in playing and administering it, as well as promoting it through column-writing, publishing, and broadcasting. His landmark contribution was the initiation of cricket commentary in Urdu, which he pioneered in 1969 in the face of opposition from traditionalists, and which later made him a household name. He also published the wildly popular Urdu cricket magazine Akhbar-e-Watan, which was launched in its cricketing identity in 1976 and quickly acquired iconic status among the game’s followers.

Hussain’s son Iqbal Munir, an accomplished photojournalist who has attained his own rank and status as a cricket media figure, says his father was always keen to pass on his passion for advancement and innovation in the game, mentoring a new generation of commentators and journalists; overseeing Karachi’s cricket affairs in various capacities, formal and otherwise; and promoting the welfare of cricket in Pakistan at every opportunity. Hussain’s enthusiasm for the game never dimmed until, literally, his dying day. He devoted his life to cricket, breaking some of its barriers and always celebrating its magic and beauty. The game is richer for it. Munir Hussain died of natural causes at his home in Karachi on July 29th 2013.

The program will comprise a photographic slideshow followed by a discussion among Hussain’s family, friends, and associates commemorating his legacy. Audience participation will be invited and encouraged. Saad Shafqat will moderate.

About the Moderator

Saad Shafqat writes an opinion column for the cricket website ESPNcricinfo. He is also Professor and Head of Neurology at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. His cricket articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Pakistan, India, South Africa, and England. In 2003, he co-authored Cutting Edge, Javed Miandad’s autobiography. His latest book is Breath of Death, a medical thriller.

Date: Thursday, 22nd August, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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