Iftikhar Arif

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Iftikhar Arif
Born Iftikhar Hussain Arif
(1943-03-21) 21 March 1943 (age 72)
Lucknow, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
Occupation Urdu poet
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity (Pakistani)
Notable works Mehr-i-Doneem, Harf-i-Baryab, Jahan-e-Maloom, Kitab-i-Dil-o-Dunya
Notable awards Faiz International Award 1988
Waseeqa-e-eEtraaf 1994
Baba-e-Urdu Award 1995
Naqoosh Award 1994
Pride of Performance1989
Hilal-e-Imtiaz2005 [1][2]

Iftikhar Hussain Arif (Urdu: افتخار حسین عارف‎) commonly known as Iftikhar Arif (ur) (born 21 March 1943 in Lucknow) is an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. His style is romantic Urdu poetry. He has headed Academy Adbiyat (the Pakistan Academy of Letters) and Muqtadra Quami Zaban (the National Language Authority).[3] He has been decorated with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance, which are the highest literary awards given by the Government of Pakistan.[4]

Works and achievements[edit]

IftiKhar Arif, 14 August 2011 Faisalabad
A famous couplet by Iftikhar Aarif
Shikam ki aag liye phir rahi hay shehar-ba-shehar
Sag-e-zamana hein hum kia hamri hijrar kia

Iftikhar Arif is a poet of Urdu.[5] Three of his collections, Mehr-i-Doneem, Harf-i-Baryab[6] and Jahan-e-Maloom have been published in many editions.

Oxford University Press has published an anthology of Arif’s translated poetry under the title, Written in the Season of Fear. The introduction was written by Harris Khalique, a poet in English, Urdu and Punjabi. [7]


Theses written[edit]

Postgraduate theses on Arif include:

Books and publications[edit]

  • Mehr-i-Doneem (1983)
  • Harf-i-Baryab (1994)
  • Jahan-e-Maloom
  • Shehr-e-Ilm ke derwazay per (2006)
  • Written in the Season of Fear (English translation)
  • The Twelfth Man (translation of Barhwan Khilari by Brenda Walker, 1989)
  • Kitab-e-Dil-o-Dunya (2009)
  • Modern Poetry of Pakistan [9] (2011, editor)


  1. ^ Engro excellence awards
  2. ^ Iftikhar Arif at Pakistan Academy of Letters
  3. ^ "Cultural Pursuits: Urdu poet laments the decline of the language". Express Tribune. 
  4. ^ Page:358 Jawaz-E-Iftikhar by Sheema Majeed, ISBN 969-530-131-2
  5. ^ The twelfth man: selected poems of Iftikhar Arif. Forest. 1989. p. 69. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  6. ^ Arif, Iftikhar (1994). HARF E BARYAB. Maktab-E-Danyal. p. 132. ISBN 969-419-016-9. 
  7. ^ Arif, Iftikhar (2003). Written in the season of fear. Oxford University Press, Karachi Pakistan. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-19-579798-5. 
  8. ^ Pakistan Academy of Letters
  9. ^ Google books

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