Jamiluddin Aali

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Jamiluddin Aali
Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmad Khan

(1925-01-20)20 January 1925[1]
Died23 November 2015(2015-11-23) (aged 90)
Resting placeBizerta Lines, Karachi
Alma materAnglo Arabic College
University of Karachi
SpouseTayaba Bano (married 1944)
Children5 (3 sons 2 daughters)
AwardsPride of Performance in 1991[2]
Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award in 2004[2]

Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan PP, HI (20 January 1925 – 23 November 2015), also known as Jamiluddin Aali or Aaliji, was a Pakistani poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmad Khan was born in Delhi, India on 20 January 1925.[1] His father Amiruddin Ahmed Khan was Nawab of Loharu and his mother Syeda Jamila Baigum was a direct descendant of Khwaja Mir Dard and was the fourth wife of Amiruddin Khan.[3][1] Aali earned a BA in Economics from Anglo Arabic College, Delhi in 1944.[1]

In 1947 after the partition of India, Aali migrated to Karachi, Pakistan on 13 August 1947 with his family and started his career as an assistant in the Ministry of Commerce.[3] In 1951, he passed the CSS (civil service of Pakistan) examination and joined the Pakistan Taxation Service. He was also the Officer on Special Duty at President House from 1959 to 1963. Aali joined the National Bank of Pakistan in 1967 and remained its vice president until his retirement in 1988. In 1971, he obtained an FEL and LLB (law) degree from the University of Karachi.[1]

Jamiluddin Aali was also a former member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and was compelled to contest the 1977 National Assembly elections from NA-191, but lost to Munawwar Hasan of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1997, Aali was elected as a member of the Senate for a six-year term with support from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.[4][1]

Jamiluddin Aali was never very clear nor comfortable answering the question as to why he drifted briefly into politics.[1]

Aali started composing poetry at an early age and wrote many books as well as songs. He wrote the song "Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan" during the 1965 Indo-Pak war which became highly popular. The song was sung by Shahnaz Begum with music arranged by Sohail Rana and was originally released on 14 August 1971 by PTV. During International Women's Year (1976), Aali wrote the song "Hum Maain, Hum Behnain, Hum Baitiyan". He wrote the song "Jo Nam Wohi Pehchan, Pakistan" at the request of former Pakistani President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1986. He also wrote the song "Mera Inam Pakistan" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Aali married Tayyba Bano in 1944. He had three sons and two daughters.[1]


Aali died of a heart attack on 23 November 2015 in Karachi.[5][6] His Namaz-I-Janazah was held in the mosque "Tooba" in DHA, Karachi. He was buried in an army graveyard at Bizerta Lines, Karachi on 23 November 2015.[7][8]

Literary work and activities[edit]

Aali became honorary secretary of the Anjuman-i Taraqqi-i Urdu (Association for the Promotion of Urdu Language) in 1962 after the death of Baba-e-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq and played a key role there for many years, along with Farman Fatehpuri, to ensure that the association survives and grows.[1]

Aali could also be given credit for playing a major role at the Urdu Lughat Board (Urdu Dictionary Board) when this 22-volume Urdu dictionary was being developed in Pakistan.[1]

Ballads collection

  • Aye Mere Dasht-e-Sukhan
  • Ghazlain Dohay Geet (six editions)
  • Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan (five editions)
  • La Hasil (three editions)
  • Nai Kiran

Couplets collection

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

Aali showed his real potential and creativity in his dohas.[1]

Travel literature

  • Duniya Mere Aagye
  • Tamasha Mere Aagye
  • Iceland (a travelogue of Iceland)[2]
  • Hurfay (four books)


  • "Aye Watan Ke Sajelay Jawanoo" (sung originally by Noor Jehan during the 1965 war between India and Pakistan)
  • "Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan" (sung by Shahnaz Begum originally in 1968, released by PTV on 14 August 1971)[1][2]
  • "Hum Mustafavi Mustafavi Hain" (official song of 1974 Islamic Summit Conference at Lahore), Pakistan (1974)
  • "Mein Chota Sa Ek Larka Hoon"
  • "Mera Paigham Pakistan" (sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) (1996)[2]
  • "Ab Yeh Andaz-e-Anjuman Hoga"
  • "Hum Maain, Hum Behnain, Hum Baitiyan" (1976)[2]
  • "Jo Naam Wahi Pehchan, Pakistan Pakistan" (1986)
  • "Aye Des Ki Hawaao, Kushboo Mein Bas Ke Jao" (1972)[2]
  • "Itne Bare Jewan Sagar Mein, Tu Ne Pakistan Diya" (sung by folk singer Allan Faqir)
  • "Yeh Kavita Pakistani Hai" (sung by Nighat Seema)[9]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Hasanat, Abul (24 November 2015). "Jamiluddin Aali – a man in search of identity". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "'Jeevay Jeevay, Pakistan': Poet of Pakistan – Jamiluddin Aali". Daily Times (Pakistan). 24 November 2015. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Aali turns 90 today". Dawn (newspaper). 20 January 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e "DAWN - Features; June 05, 2008". Dawn (newspaper). 5 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Poet Jamiluddin Aali passes away in Karachi". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 23 November 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ Khwaja Daud (23 November 2015). "Renowned poet, columnist Jamiluddin Aali dies in Karachi". Daily Pakistan (newspaper). Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Jamiluddin Aali laid to rest in army graveyard". The News International (newspaper). 25 November 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Aaliji laid to rest". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Renowned poet & columnist Jamiluddin Aali passes away". 92 News. Retrieved 28 November 2021.

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