ISLAMABAD: Veteran Urdu writer and novelist Mustansar Hussain Tarar has refused to accept the Kamal-i-Fun award announced by the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in Islamabad. The writer claimed it was “controversial and tainted”.
The prize was announced jointly for poet Tarar and Seraiki, Dr. Ashu Lal, who once refused to accept the prize immediately after it was announced, saying he could not accept a prize from an “anti-fascist state”. people and anti-art”.
Tarar, famous for his novels and travelogues, raised the question of why the tradition of the prize was violated and the rules of the prize ignored. He said the move was similar to dividing Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honor, between two people.
“It’s just ridiculous. Some time ago, I learned that “half price” was awarded to Dr. Ashu Lal. He, according to his ideology, refused to accept the award. I think he is right (in rejecting the prize) because it was an injustice not only to me, but also to him that he had to share the prize”.
Tarar said: “It is difficult for me to accept the award which is tainted and controversial. It’s against my creative integrity. That too at the age of 83 and after the creative process of 60 years. No, this is not acceptable to me”.
However, he expressed his gratitude to the PAL committee members for their love and kindness by voting for him. “I am obliged to them and I hope they will understand my point of view.”