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Renowned fiction writer Khalida Hussain passes away

Islamabad, Jan 12 (UNI) Renowned fiction writer and novelist Khalida Hussain has passed away due to complications from a long illness.
She was in her 70s, according to a report in the Dawn.
She had been suffering from various diseases after the tragic death of her only son and husband last year.
Her funeral prayer was held at a local mosque which was attended by family members, friends and senior writers. She was buried in a graveyard after Asr prayers.
Ms Hussain was known as one of the best fiction writers and novelists in Urdu Literature. She rose to fame in the 60s with her short stories and became a trend setter. Kaghazi Ghat was her last masterpiece in Urdu literature.
Before marriage, she wrote under the name Khalida Asghar.
“Khalida Hussain was the best fiction writer in the country after Intizar Hussain. She always wrote stories on real life and introduced a new trend in Urdu fiction writing,” said poet Iftikhar Arif while talking to Dawn.
Mr Arif said Khalida Hussain’s death was a great loss to Urdu literature, adding that she was a serious writer who worked for women and literature.
“Her work depicted maturity and sensitivity. She focused on social issues and lives of people in her stories,” he said.
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