By Waseem Altaf
Qurattulain Haider, author of one of the greatest Urdu novels ‘Aag Ka Darya’ had come to Pakistan in 1949. By then she had attained the stature of a world-class writer. She joined the Press Information Department and served there for quite some time. In 1959 her novel ‘Aag ka Darya’ was published which raised important questions about the Partition of the Subcontinent and rejected the two-nation theory. It was this more than anything else that made it impossible for her to live in Pakistan. So she left for India and permanently settled there.
Sahir Ludhianvi, one of the finest romantic poets of Urdu language settled in Lahore in 1943 where he worked for a number of literary magazines. Everything was alright until after the Partition when his ‘inflammatory writings’ (communist views and ideology) in the magazine ‘Savera’ resulted in the issuance of a warrant for his arrest by the Government of Pakistan. In 1949 Sahir fled to India and never looked back.
Sajjad Zaheer, the renowned writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary who came to Pakistan after the Partition was implicated in Rawalpindi Conspiracy case and was extradited to India in 1954.