Iftikhar Arif

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Iftikhar Arif

BornIftikhar Hussain Arif
(1944-03-21) 21 March 1944 (age 78)
Lucknow, United Provinces, British India
OccupationUrdu poet
Notable worksMehr-i-Doneem, Harf-i-Baryab, Jahan-e-Maloom, Kitab-i-Dil-o-Dunya
Notable awardsFaiz International Award (1988)
Waseeqa-e-Etraaf (1994)
Baba-e-Urdu Award (1995)
Naqoosh Award (1994)
Pride of Performance (1990)[1]
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1999)[1]
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2005)

Iftikhar Hussain Arif (Urdu: افتخار حسین عارف; born 21 March 1944), is an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. His style is romantic Urdu poetry. He has headed the Pakistan Academy of Letters and the National Language Authority.[2][3] He has received the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance awards, which are the highest literary awards given by the Government of Pakistan.[4]


He studied Urdu, English and Sanskrit. Iftikhar Arif did his M.A. in 1965 - at the Lucknow university, then studied journalism at New York University, before migrating to Karachi, Pakistan and working for Radio Pakistan as a newscaster and then went on to work for Pakistan Television Corporation (Karachi Center) where he teamed up with Obaidullah Baig for the PTV program Kasauti.[2]

After doing Kasauti, he spent next 13 years of his life in England until 1990 working for Urdu Markaz there.[5]


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Iftikhar Arif is an Urdu poet.[6] Three collections of his poetry, Mehr-i-Doneem (1984), Harf-i-Baryab (1994)[5][2][7] and Jahan-e-Maloom have been published.[1]

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 who writes in English, Urdu and Punjabi.[8]


Books and publications[edit]

  • Mehr-i-Doneem (1984)[5]
  • Harf-i-Baryab (1994)
  • Jahan-e-Maloom (2005)[5]
  • 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)[5]
  • Modern Poetry of Pakistan (2011)[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Biography and awards info for Iftikhar Arif on poemhunter.com website Retrieved 15 April 2019
  2. ^ a b c Ashfaque Naqvi (24 May 2003). "A word about Iftikhar Arif (scroll down to read the second column)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Cultural Pursuits: Urdu poet laments the decline of the language". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 23 December 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ Page:358 Jawaz-E-Iftikhar by Sheema Majeed, ISBN 969-530-131-2
  5. ^ a b c d e Rauf Parekh (6 December 2016). "Literary Notes: Persian translation of Iftikhar Arif's poetry: beautiful and faithful". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. ^ The twelfth man: selected poems of Iftikhar Arif. Forest. 1989. p. 69. ISBN 9780948259494. Retrieved 15 April 2019. Iftikhar Arif on GoogleBooks
  7. ^ Arif, Iftikhar (1994). HARF E BARYAB. Maktab-E-Danyal. p. 132. ISBN 969-419-016-9.
  8. ^ Arif, Iftikhar (2003). Written in the season of fear. Oxford University Press, Karachi Pakistan. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-19-579798-5.
  9. ^ Profile of Iftikhar Arif on rekhta.org website Retrieved 15 April 2019
  10. ^ a b Iftikhar Arif interview on Samaa TV website 17 November 2018, Retrieved 15 April 2019
  11. ^ Modern Poetry of Pakistan written by Iftikhar Arif, a book review on GoogleBooks website Retrieved 15 April 2019

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