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) based in Islamabad, Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognised poet in Urdu and English. He has eight collections of verse and a book of creative non-fiction behind him. Some of his Urdu and English poems with German translation are available on the prestigious poetry website www.lyrikline.com hosted in Berlin. He has also composed a few poems in Punjabi. [1]

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. He attended Public School Karachi Cantt., D.J. Sindh Government Science College and N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, before doing his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science,[2] London, UK. He lived, worked and studied in Europe for some time before settling down in Islamabad in 2001. He is married with three children.


His collections of poetry, Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu) and Between You and Your Love (English) were particularly well received. He also won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu). The view from his window was sketched by celebrated Italian artist and architect, Matteo Pericoli, and included with Khalique’s corresponding write-up in a publication from Penguin US in November 2014.[3][4][5]

Harris Khalique’s interests straddle South Asian history and culture, politics, human rights and international development. He has published papers and spoken to conferences and university audiences in South Asia, Europe and North America. He has contributed to newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and abroad for more than 25 years with a weekly column in The News International for eight years.

He has actively participated in social, labour, women and minority rights movements and community development in voluntary and professional capacities. Currently, working with Development Alternative Inc. (DAI) as a consultant, he is also the Team Leader[6] of ‘AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme’ focusing on the rights of women and excluded groups in Pakistan.


Poetry collections[edit]



  • The Latent Transformation: Challenges, Resilience and Successes of Pakistani Women (2011) (co-written, Urdu, 2007)
  • Pakistan Mein Siyasi Tabdeeli Ki Samt (co-written, Urdu, 2007)
  • Pakistan: The Question of Identity (English, 2003)

Notable Anthologists Where Work Appeared[edit]

Notable Literary Journals[edit]

  • Vallum, Montreal, Winter 2012
  • Annual of Urdu Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Pakistani Literature, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad, multiple issues
  • The Little Magazine, New Delhi, multiple issues
  • Dunyazaad (Urdu), Karachi, multiple issues
  • Mukalma (Urdu), Karachi, multiple issues
  • Shabkhoon (Urdu), Allahabad, multiple issues