Harris Khalique

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

Harris Khalique (Urdu: حارث خلیق) (born 20 October 1966) is a critically acclaimed poet in Urdu and English, essayist, columnist, and civil society leader, based in Pakistan. He has eight collections of verse and a book of creative non-fiction behind him. He also won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu).

Early life[edit]

Harris Khalique was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on 20 October 1966 to a writer-filmmaker father, Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, and a writer-teacher mother, Hamra Khalique.

Harris attended Public School Karachi Cantt., D.J. Sindh Government Science College. Later, pursued mechanical engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. He did MA from London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

He lived, worked and studied in Europe[citation needed] for some time before settling down in Islamabad in 2001[citation needed].


Harris Khalique has actively participated in social, labour, women and minority rights movements and community development in voluntary and professional capacities.

He was the Chief Executive of Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Pakistan's largest rights-based organization.

Harris is currently the Team leader of ‘AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme’, a project of Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), a private development company,[1] focusing on the rights of women and excluded groups in Pakistan.

Literary career[edit]

Harris Khalique is a critically acclaimed poet in Urdu and English, whose work has been translated into Arabic, English, French, German, Romanian and Spanish. He has also composed a few poems in Punjabi.

In 2004, he published collection of English poetry, Between You and Your Love, which was revised in 2014. In 2013, he won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu).

In 2015, he participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.[2]

Harris is a prolific essayist and columnist, too, contributing regularly to newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and abroad for more than twenty- five years, including a weekly column in The News International for eight years.

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Melay Mein (Urdu, 2012). ISBN 978-969-419-044-0
  • Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu, 2006). ISBN 969-419-023-1
  • Between you and your love (English, 2004, Revised and Expanded, 2012)
  • Purani Numaish (Urdu, 2001)
  • Saray Kaam Zaroori Thay (Urdu, 1997). ISBN 969-441-019-3
  • Divan (English, 1998)
  • Saray Kaam Zaroori Thay (Urdu, 1997)
  • If wishes were horses (English, 1996)
  • Aaj Jab Hui Baarish (Urdu, 1991)



  • The Latent Transformation: Challenges, Resilience and Successes of Pakistani Women (2011)
  • Pakistan Mein Syasi Tabdeeli Ki Simt (Co-written, Urdu, 2007)
  • Pakistan: The Question of Identity (2003)

Anthologies where some work appeared[edit]