Harris Khalique

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Harris Khalique
Harris Khalique.jpg
Born Harris Khalique
(1966-10-20)October 20, 1966
Citizenship Pakistan
Known for Poetry

Harris Khalique (Langur)(Urdu: حارث خلیق) (born 20 October 1966) is a Pakistani poet, columnist and intellectual. He is based in Islamabad.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Khalique was born in Karachi[citation needed], Pakistan to parents of Kashmiri origin[citation needed]. Khalique’s father, Khalique Ibrahim Khalique[citation needed] (1926–2006), was educated and trained in literature and filmmaking in Lahore and Mumbai before moving to Karachi[citation needed]. He was a documentary filmmaker of Pakistan and ardent social activist[citation needed]. Khalique was raised in Karachi but travelled across Pakistan from a very young age[citation needed] and spent considerable time in Hyderabad (Sindh), Tando Mohammed Khan (Sindh) and Lahore, where a part of his mother's family lives.[3] Khalique attended Cantonment Public School[citation needed] and D.J. Sindh Government Science College[citation needed], Karachi, before graduating in Mechanical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology[citation needed]. Later, he earned a Master’s degree in Development Management and Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science.[4] He started his career as an engineer and worked for more than a year on instrumentation of power plants, then switched to the fields of community development and human rights as a student and young professional.[5] He moved to Islamabad in 2001 where he now lives.[6]


Khalique is a poet and writes in both Urdu and English[citation needed]; his poetry appears in anthologies published by University of Georgia Press[citation needed], W.W. Norton and Co. and Oxford University Press[citation needed] and on the web.[7] He also co-wrote a book of creative non-fiction with the partition of South Asia in 1947 serving as the backdrop[citation needed]. Besides contributing occasionally to other magazines, journals and newspapers, he writes a weekly column in The News International[citation needed].


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Melay Mein (Urdu, 2012)
  • Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu, 2006)
  • Between You and Your Love (English, 2004)- ISBN 969-441-114-9
  • Purani Numaish (Urdu, 2001)
  • Divan (English, 1998) - ISBN 969-8437-00-2
  • If Wishes Were Horses (English, 1996)


  • Pakistan Mein Siyasi Tabdeeli Ki Samt (co-written, Urdu, 2007)
  • Pakistan: The Question of Identity (English, 2003)
  • Unfinished Histories (co-written, English, 2002)- ISBN 969-516-065-4


  1. ^ devex. https://www.devex.com/news/harris-khalique-pakistan-not-a-failing-state-81150, Retrieved 25 July 2014
  2. ^ pakbanker. http://pakbanker.com.pk/?author=181, Retrieved 25 July 2014
  3. ^ thefridaytimes. http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20110930&page=28, Retrieved 09 July 2014
  4. ^ pakistangendernews. http://www.pakistangendernews.org/tag/harris-khalique/, Retrieved 09 July 2014
  5. ^ lyrikline. http://www.lyrikline.org/en/poems/2970#.U9I0l1WSzOM, Retrieved 09 July 2014
  6. ^ thenews. http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintWriterName.aspx?URL=Harris%20Khalique, Retrieved 09 July 2014
  7. ^ Author page on Lyrikline.org, with audio of some works in Urdu, and some in English, with translations of the Urdu into German.