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Patras Bukhari being remembered today
Patras Bukhari being remembered today
Published at: 6 month(s) ago

Lahore: One of the most celebrated humorists of Pakistan, Syed Ahmed Shah, commonly known as Patras Bokhari is being remembered on his death anniversary today.

Patras Bokhari was an Pakistani humourist, writer, broadcaster and diplomat who served as the first Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

Born in Peshawar, British India to a Kashmiri family, Shah studied at Mission School and moved to Lahore where he studied English literature at the Government College.

Shah moved to United Kingdom where he received his Tripos from the Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He returned to Lahore where he taught English at Government College in 1927. He became a prominent part of the Muslim intelligentsia in South Asia.

Shah moved to eventually become Director General of All India Radio in Delhi and then Principal of Government College. He was appointed as the country's first envoy to the United Nation's in New York City from 1951 and 1954, followed by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Information until 1958.

In 1923, Patras Bokhari married Zubaida Wanchoo, a Punjabi-speaking Kashmiri lady, and daughter of a Superintendent of Police. They had three children – two sons Mansoor & Haroon, and a daughter Roshan Ara who died in her childhood.

He died on 5 December 1958 during his diplomatic service and is buried in Valhalla Cemetery, New York.

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