He was speaking at a ceremony to pay tribute to renowned Sindhi poet‚ writer and lawyer‚ Mubarak Ali Shaikh‚ known as Shaikh Ayaz in connection with the celebrations of his 91st birthday.
The Director General said it is an honour for him that Shaikh Ayaz who was a poet of resistance against dictators and was banned by the dictator Ayub Khan on Radio Pakistan‚ today the whole country is listening to him.
He said the celebration of the 91st birthday of Shaikh Ayaz is a message of defeat for those who speak against the people and their rule.
He said Shaikh Ayaz spent a long period in jails for wagging a struggle against the dictators. He said that Shaikh Ayaz continued his struggle for the rule of the people up to the last moment.
President of Pakistan Arts Council Muhammad Ahmad Shah said Shaikh Ayaz was a trend setter and gave new style to the Sindhi literature particularly Sindhi poetry.
Taj Joyo said that Shaikh Ayaz was a great poet of the 20th century who will serve as a guideline for the coming generations. He said Shaikh Ayaz was an intellectual and had grip on the eastern and western philosophy.
The son of Shaikh Ayaz‚ Moonis Ayaz and Dr. Muhammad Ayub Shaikh also spoke on the occasion and paid rich tributes to Shaikh Ayaz.
Different speakers including Dr.Fatima Hassan‚ Wusatullah Khan‚ Sehar Imdad‚ Syed Nusrat Ali and Imdad Hussaini also recited the poetry of Shaikh Ayaz on the occasion.
Ayaz was born in Shikarpur on March 2‚ 1923. His original name was Mubark Ali Shaikh. By profession he was a lawyer but he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Sindh University by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He introduced modern trends into Sindhi poetry and literature. Ayaz wrote many poetry books‚ plays and short stories in Sindhi and wrote articles and poetry in Urdu as well. He also has the translation of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's volume of poetry into Urdu‚ popularly known as Shah Jo Risalo.
Revolutionary poet Shaikh Ayaz first earned recognition for his poem‚ "Gaey Iqilab Gae"‚ written before the independence of Pakistan.
Ayaz's biggest claim to fame was his first poetry compilation "Bhanwar bharee aakash" (Sky full of swirls).
Ayaz began to write poetry under the influence of Kaildas Fani‚ his mentor. Ayaz wrote around 50 books in addition to his works of prose‚ one of them was‚ "Kithe Ta Bhanjbo Thaku Musafir".
His literary career spanned almost six decades and covered a wide range of poetry and prose.
Culture Department has published 20 volumes of Ayaz's works and also introduced an award for writers in Urdu language.
Shaikh Ayaz stayed behind bars for opposing the Ayub and Yahya's regimes. He was also put in jail in 1971 for opposing the military operation in East Pakistan. He also wrote his Jail memories titiled "Sahiwal Jail Gee Diary".
He died on December 28‚ 1997 and was buried at Bhit Shah near the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai.