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Pashto-Urdu novelist Zaitoon Bano passes away

Pashto-Urdu novelist Zaitoon Bano passed away. Zaitoon was the feminist writer, poet, and broadcaster associated with Radio Pakistan.

She wrote over 24 books including famous Hindara (Miror), Manjeela (head cushion), & Da Shagu Mazal (A journey through sands).

Famous Urdu and Pashto writer Zaitoon Bano was born on June 18, 1938 at Safid Dheri near Peshawar. Her father, Pir Syed Sultan Mehmood Shah, was an enlightened writer who educated Zaitoon Bano. After completing her Masters in Pashto and Urdu, Zaitoon Bano became associated with Radio Pakistan.

During her student days, her first collection of Pashto fiction, Hindara (Mirror), was published in 1958, when she was a ninth-grade student. Later, another collection of his Pashto fiction, Mat Bangari (Broken Bangles), was also published. He authored a total of eight books in Pashto and five in Urdu. These include, on the threshold of time, the names of prosperous acquaintances, Berg Arzu, etc.

Zaitoon Bano was married to Taj Saeed, a well-known Pashto, Hindko and Urdu writer, with whom she published an Urdu literary magazine, Jareda. Zaitoon Bano was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Excellence by the Government of Pakistan on August 14, 1996.

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