Ali Akbar Natiq

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Ali Akbar Natiq (born June 15, 1973 ) is an Urdu poet and short story writer from Pakistan. He began working as a mason, specializing in domes and minarets, to contribute to the family income while he read widely in Urdu and Arabic. Acclaimed as one of the brightest stars in Pakistan’s literary firmament, Natiq has published two volumes of poetry and one collection of short stories. His latest has been featured in Granta magazine's special issue on Pakistan.[1][2]

Ali Akbar Natiq was born at village 32-2L, in Okara District, Pakistan.[3] In 2012, Oxford University Press, Pakistan, published his first book of short stories Qaeem Deen.[4]

Ali Akbar Natiq holds a post graduate degree from Bhaudin Zakriya University, Multan, Pakistan. His first collection of poetry "Beyaqeen Bastiyon Mein" appeared in 2010 followed by a book of short stories “Qaim Deen” published by Oxford Press in 2012. All two books has received UBL and oxford Awards. Penguin India published the English version of the aforementioned collection of the short stories in 2014 titled “What will you give for this beauty?” In 2013 he published another book of poems “Yaqoot Ke Warq" which was translated into German. International Literary magazine Garanta also published his story “Masons Hand” in 2012. His novel was published in 2017 as “Naulakhi Kothi” which is being translated in English and is expected to be published by Penguin India and America. Some of his short stories were staged in Mumbai at Prithvi Theater. Second book of short stories named "Shah Muhammad Ka Tanga" has been published in 2017 in Urdu from Lahore. And this book already has been translated into Hindi and English in same name from Delhi in 2016 by Jagarnath Publishing, India . These days Ali Akbar Natiq is working on publishing two more books, one on poetry and other on short stories. Like his previous poetry works both of his upcoming poetry collections are being translated in Hindi, German and English by Jagarnath Publishing, India. Beside poetry and fiction Ali Akbar Natiq is also wiring a critical account on poetry of famous poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal by uswa pablications and a book aiming at discussing the critical aspects of the art of versification. His second novel is also in the process of finalising and will be published end of 2018.

He was former professor of urdu at uswa college islambad.He is currenlty Assistant Professor at University of Lahore, Department School of Creative Art. His novel Qaim Deen is being adapted for a film by Gurvinder Singh in France. On 16 July 2018, the American daily newspaper The New York Times published his article on the topic of democracy in Pakistan in English.[5]


  1. ^ "Granta: New Voices".
  2. ^ Natiq, Ali Akbar. "A Mason's Hand". Granta Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ Zia, Farah. "Building a new world". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Qaim Deen: Stories by Ali Akbar Natiq". Archived from the original on 2011-12-09. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Opinion: Where Democracy is a Terrifying Business by Ali Akbar Natiq". Retrieved 16 July 2018.