Munir Niazi

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Munir Niazi
Born Munir Ahmed Niazi
(1928-04-09)9 April 1928
Khanpur, Punjab, British India
Died 26 December 2006(2006-12-26) (aged 78)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation Urdu poet Punjabi poet
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Dayal Singh College, Lahore
Period 1960 - 2006
Genre Surrealism
Notable awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Munir Ahmad, better known as Munir Niazi, (Punjabi: منیر نیازی ) SI (1928–2006) was an Urdu and Punjabi poet from Pakistan.[1] Munir Ahmed use to call himself Punjabi as Punjabi definition is cultural and geographical and most of his poetry also reflected the culture of Punjab.[2][3]


Niazi was born in Khanpur on 9 April 1928, a village near Hoshiarpur Punjab, India. He was initially educated at Khanpur and after the independence of Pakistan in 1947 he migrated and settled in Sahiwal, where he passed his matriculation. He earned an intermediate degree from S.E. College, Bahawalpur and a B.A. from Dayal Singh College, Lahore, Pakistan.[4] Munir Niazi launched a weekly, Seven Colours, from Sahiwal in 1949. He wrote numerous songs for films and made his name as the foremost movie song writer of Pakistan. He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. In 1960 he established a publication institute, Al-Misal. He was later associated with Lahore Television and lived in Lahore till his death. Taiz Hawa Aur Tanha Phool, Jungle mein Dhanak, Dushmanoon Kai Darmiyan Sham and Mah-e-Munir are some of his Urdu publications. In Punjabi he has published Safar di Raat, Char Chup Cheezan and Rasta Dasan Walay Tarey. His effective imagery conveys pictures in few words.[5] He has experimented with poetic forms and has tried to create a new style, rhythm and diction in Urdu poetry. Innocence, mythology, nostalgia, dreams, eroticism, and romance are some of his most common themes. Selected English translations of Munir Niazi's poetical works were edited by Suhail Safdar and published in 1996.[6]

Munir Niazi died of respiratory illness on 26 December 2006 in Lahore.


  1. ^ "UNIQUE INTERVIEW OF MUNIR NIAZI TAKEN BY PERVIN SHAKIR". 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Munir Niazi remembered on his death anniversary". 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  3. ^ "7th death anniversary of Munir Niazi today". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  4. ^ "A fitting tribute to Munir Niazi". 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Munir Niazi’s 5th death anniversary today". 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  6. ^ Safdar, Suhail (1996). The Poetical Works of Munir Niazi, Pakistan Writings.