WEB Desk: The 108th birth anniversary of legendary leftist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz is being celebrated today across the country.

Faiz, born on 13 February 1911 in Sialkot, was a renowned revolutionary poet, writer and Marxist in Pakistan.

Faiz was the first-ever Asian recipient of Lenin Peace Prize (an award which is considered equivalent to Nobel Peace Prize in Socialist World) awarded by the Soviet Union in 1962. In 1976, he was also awarded the Lotus Prize for Literature.

Other than Urdu, Faiz also written poetry in Punjabi language. He was a notable Marxist in the country and an active member of the Progressive Writers Movement (PWM).

The government of Pakistan also awarded Faiz with the nations highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1990 for his remarkable contributions to the field of literature.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz died on 20 November 1984 at the age of 73 in Lahore.