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KARACHI: Renowned poet of mourning literature Dr Rehan Azmi passed away on Tuesday after protracted illness at age of 63 years.

Dr Azmi has been ill for a long time and was shifted to a private hospital after his condition deteriorated where he breathed his last.

Born on July 07, 1958 in Karachi, Dr Azmi started writing poetry regularly from 1974 and remained associated with PTV as a singer for a long time.

He penned more than 4,000 songs, including popular Pakistani song ‘Hawa Hawa Aye Hawa’ sung by Hassan Jahangir and ‘Khushboo Ban Kay Mehak Raha Hai’.

After some time, Dr Azmi lost touch with song writing and established a connection with praise and salutation and became a poet of mourning literature.

He has more than 25 books of mourning literature to his name. Dr Azmi also won many medals at the international and national level for his work.