Jamiluddin Aali

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Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan
Born 20 January 1926
Occupation poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar
Spouse Tayaba Bano
Children 5 (3 sons and 2 daughters)
Relatives Father Sir Ameeruddin Ahmed Khan
Mother Syeda Jamila Baigum

Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan (Urdu: مرزا جمیل الدین احمد خان) better known as Jamiluddin Aali (Urdu: جمیل الدین عالی), PP, HI, (born 20 January 1926 in Delhi) is a noted Urdu poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar of Pakistan.He turned 90 on 20 Jan. 2015.[1]


Aali hails from a literary family of Delhi. His grandfather, Nawab Allauddin Ahmed Khan, was a friend and student of Ghalib. His father Sir Ameeruddin Ahmed Khan was also a poet, and his mother Syeda Jamila Baigum belonged to the family of Mir Dard. Aali earned a BA in Economics from Anglo Arabic College, Delhi. On 30 September 1944, Jamil married Tayaba Bano. They have five children (three sons and two daughters). His son, Raju Jamil, is a Television actor, while his second son Murad Jamil is a famous architect in Pakistan. In 1947, after the partition of India, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. He joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1951. In 1971 he obtained an FEL and LLB from Karachi University.

Political life[edit]

Aali was a former member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and also contested the general elections on 7 March 1977 from NA-191, but lost. In 1997, he was elected as member of the Senate for a six-year term with support of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.[2]

Literary work[edit]

Ballade's collection

  • Aye Mere Dasht-e-Sukhan
  • Ghazlain Dohay Geet (Six editions)
  • Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan (Five editions)
  • La Hasil (Three editions)
  • Nai Kiran

Couplet's collection

  • Dohay (Three editions in Urdu and one in Devnagari)

Travel literature

  • Duniya Mere Aagye
  • Tamasha Mere Aagye
  • Iceland
  • Hurfay (Four books)

Patriotic songs[edit]

  • Aye Watan Ke Sajelay Jawanoo (sung by Noor Jehan originally during 1965 war between India and Pakistan)
  • Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan (sung by Shahnaz Begum originally in 1968.)
  • Hum Mustafavi Mustafavi Hain (official song of 1974 Islamic Conference Summit at Lahore.)
  • Mein Chota Sa Ek Ladka Hoon
  • Mera Paigham Pakistan ( sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
  • Ab Yeh Andaz-e-Anjuman Hoga
  • Hum Maain, Hum Behnain, Hum Baitiyan
  • Jo Naam Wahi Pehchan, Pakistan Pakistan
  • Aye Des Ki Hawaao, Kushboo Mein Bas Ke Jao
  • Itne Bade Jewan Sagar Mein, Tu Ne Pakistan Diya ( sung by Allan Faqir folk singer)
  • Yeh Kavita Pakistani Hai


  • Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2004)
  • Pride of Performance (1991)
  • Adamjee Literary Award (1960)
  • Dawood Literary Award (1963)
  • United Bank Literary Award (1965)
  • Habib Bank Literary Award (1965)
  • Canadian Urdu Academy Award (1988)
  • Sant Kabeer Award – Urdu Conference Delhi (1989)


  1. ^ [1], Aali turns 90 on 20 Jan. 2015
  2. ^ Senate of Pakistan

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