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Linguist, poet and educationist Muhammad Zafar Shakir passes away in Gilgit after a battle with cancer

Shina linguist, researcher, poet, and educationist Muhammad Zafar Shakir has passed away in Gilgit. He was Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, at Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit and represented Gilgit-Baltistan and Shina language at various local, national and international forums.

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Shina linguist, researcher, poet, and educationist Muhammad Zafar Shakir has passed away in Gilgit. He was Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, at Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit and represented Gilgit-Baltistan and Shina language at various local, national and international forums.

Zafir Shakir - Shina Linguist

Muhammad Zafar Shakir was suffering from lungs cancer. He was admitted to Combined Military Hospital in Gilgit where he breathed his last.

He has been a teacher for over two decades and taught at institutions like Public School and College and Karakoram International University among others. His poetry includes work in Urdu and Shina languages. Zafar Shakir’s poetry

At home (in Gilgit) after a year and half… Undoubtedly home is the sweetest place to be at… Feeling blessed and cheerful with kith and kin…

اس پر ‏‎Zafar Shakir‎‏ نے شائع کیا بدھ، 17 جولائی، 2019
Zafar Shakir last public post on his Facebook profile.

Zafar Shakir was a big advocate of sectarian harmony and he conveyed his message interlingual, intersectarian and interregional unity and harmony through his poetry.

Zafir Shakir - Shina Linguist
Muhammad Zafar Shakir during the convocation ceremony of Karakoram International University – KIU – Gilgit

Zafar Shakir participated in numerous national and international forums where he shared his research work and represented Gilgit-Baltistan in general and Shina language in particular.

Zafir Shakir - Shina Linguist
Assistant Professor Muhammad Zafar Shakir speaking at an event.

As soon as the news of his death broke out, concerned citizens, students and colleagues of Zafar Shakir shared their grief and condolence messages.

He was laid to rest in Gilgit.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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