Veteran Scholar Dr. Khizar Hayyat Noshahi passes away

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By Kamran Khamiso Khowaja

Thatta: Renowned historian, writer and scholar Dr. Khizar Hayyat Khan Noshahi passed away after a brief illness at the age of 65 late on Wednesday. Dr. Khizar Hayyat was born in Village Sahanpal of district Mandi Bahauddin in Punjab but owing to his heartfelt affiliation with Sufism and a keen interest in History he spent most of his time in Thatta visiting archaeological sites to research their significant historical background.
Dr. Hayyat was very much attached to the land of Sindh and for that, he started visiting historical venues across Sindh to write a consolidated history of Sindh. He did his Ph.D. from Hamdard University Karachi on the writings of Mir Ali Sher Kane, an eminent writer of the 18th century.
The seasoned writer wrote different books regarding different cultures and traditions being practiced across the country. He also wrote a consolidated history of Sindhi and Balochi culture.
The late scholar had marvelous command over Persian language and literature thus he translated the famous book of Mir Kane Myar Salkan into Persia followed by two books of Bedal Faqeer and Ghulam Ali Madah.
Paying him glowing tributes, Secretary of Sindhi Adabi Sangat Ramzan Memon said that Dr. Khizar was from Punjab but he devoted his life to Sindh. He had the deepest affiliation with Sindh particularly Thatta and he spent a major part of his life living in Sindh, said Ramzan.
Dr. Mohammad Ali Manjhi called him a true son of Sindh who worked extensively on Sindh’s History adding that he had the privilege to work with prominent scholars of yesteryear lake Hashamu-Din Rashdi, Dr. Anne Marie Schimmel, and Hakim Saeed.
He was laid to rest in the ancestral graveyard of his village Sahanpal on Thursday.