Prolific writer in Pashto and Urdu languages and former broadcaster, Zaitoon Bano has passed away in Peshawar, after protracted illness.
She was 83.
Known by her pen name Moor Bibi, Zaitoon Bano had to her credit more than two dozen Pashto and Urdu books, including popular Pashto fiction collections Hindara, Maat Bangrre, Jawandi Ghamoona, Khoboona, Kachkol, Zama Dairy, Naizurry.
Her Urdu publications included Sheesham ka Pata, Berge Arzoo, Bargad ka Saya and Waqt ki Dehleez par.
She had contributed a number of feature plays for Radio Pakistan Peshawar and Pakistan Television on a variety of social issues, including women rights.
In recognition of her services for Pashto and Urdu language and literature, the late Pashto writer was decorated with as many as 15 national literary awards including the coveted Presidential Pride of Performance Award.
Zaitoon Bano was born to Pir Syed Sultan Mahmood Shah in Sufaid Dheri village of Peshawar.