Renowned short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto is being remembered on his 104th birth anniversary on Wednesday.
Manto was born on May 11, 1912, in British India. He migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947. Most of his lifetime Manto resided in Lahore. He died on January 18, 1955.
He was tried for writing obscenity six for times; thrice before 1947 in British India, and thrice after independence in 1947 in Pakistan. However, he was never convicted of the crime.
Later his writings about taboos of Pakistan and Indian society became his identity in literary circles worldwide.
Some of his publications are, Atishpare, Manto Ke Afsane, Dhuan, Afsane Aur Drame , Laazat-e-Sang, Thanda Gosht, Baghair Ijazt, Burque, Ratti, Masha and Tolah.
He also wrote famous letters to Uncle Saim, which were published in The English language as well.
On January 18, 2005, Government of Pakistan also issued a postage stamp to commemorate his services on 50th death anniversary. The postage stamp read “Saadat Hasan Manto(1912-1955) Men of Letters.”
On August 14, 2012, Manto was also honoured with Nishan-e-Imtiaz award by the Pakistani government.