LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Saturday expressed shock and grief at the demise of Munnu Bhai, a poet, dramatist, columnist, and an ardent friend of the poor and the disadvantaged.

In a statement, HRC said Bhai’s contribution to the democratic dispensation in Pakistan is matchless, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, which is acknowledged by friends and foes alike. In whatever form, he expressed himself, he was consistently a partisan of truth and the rights of the people.

HRCP had the privilege of having Munnu Bhai as a member of its governing body for three years and his counsel was always greatly valued by the organization. He will be deeply missed for a long time by all whose lives he touched and the large number of admirers and distant friends, the HRCP statement said.