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Urdu literature has lost a towering figure: PM

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | August 21, 2007 19:33 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on Tuesday condoled the death of noted Urdu writer Qurratulain Haider. Haider passed away in her residence at Noida on Tuesday after suffering from a prolonged illness.

"I am deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of Qurratulain Haider. She was a great teacher and scholar. She was one of the most celebrated and prolific writers of Urdu literature. Aag Ka Dariya, her magnum opus, is a landmark novel that explores the vast sweep of time and history. In her unfortunate passing away, Urdu literature has lost a towering literary figure. She will be truly missed in literary circles in the country," he said in a written statement released by the prime minister's office.