Pash was the pen name of Avtar Singh Sandhu, one of the major poets of the Naxalite movement in the Punjabi literature of the 1970s. His strongly left-wing views were reflected in his poetry. He became a popular political figure on the left during this period. He travelled US & UK and opposed Sikh extremist violence. . He was killed during Khalistani movement in 1988. He was in Punjab for the renewal of his visa from the United States. A day before leaving for Delhi, however, he was gunned down along with his friend on the well in his village.