Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani Urdu poet, Died at 90

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Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan was born on January 20, 1925, and died on November 23, 2015.

Better known as Jamiluddin Aali

Nawabzada was a noted Urdu poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar of Pakistan.

Nawabzada was born to a literary family in Delhi on 20 January 1925.

His grandfather Nawab Allauddin Ahmed Khan was a friend and student of Ghalib.

His father, Sir Ameeruddin Ahmed Khan was also a poet, and his mother Syeda Jamila Baigum belonged to the family of Mir Dard.

Nawabzada earned a BA in Economics from Anglo Arabic College, Delhi. On 30 September 1944, Jamil married Tayaba Bano.

They have five children (three sons and two daughters). His son Raju Jamil is a television actor, while his second son Murad Jamil is a famous architect in Pakistan.

In 1947, after the partition of India, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi.

Nawabzada joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1951.

In 1971 he obtained an FEL and LLB from Karachi University.

Nawabzada was also a former member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and also contested the general elections on 7 March 1977 from NA-191, but lost.

In 1997, he was elected as a member of the Senate for a six-year term with the support of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

Nawabzada was suffering from diabetes and respiratory related illness and was admitted in a hospital in Karachi.

He passed away of a heart attack on 23 November 2015 in Karachi.

He was survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.