Harris Khalique

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Harris Khalique
Harris Khalique.jpg
Born Harris Khalique
(1966-10-20) October 20, 1966 (age 47)
Citizenship Pakistan
Known for Poetry

Harris Khalique (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, Pakistan to parents of Kashmiri origin. Khalique’s father, Khalique Ibrahim Khalique (1926–2006), was educated and trained in literature and filmmaking in Lahore and Mumbai before moving to Karachi. He was a documentary filmmaker of Pakistan and ardent social activist. Khalique was raised in Karachi but travelled across Pakistan from a very young age 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 and D.J. Sindh Government Science College, Karachi, before graduating in Mechanical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology. 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; his poetry appears in anthologies published by University of Georgia Press, W.W. Norton and Co. and Oxford University Press 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. Besides contributing occasionally to other magazines, journals and newspapers, he writes a weekly column in The News International.


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.