Munir Niazi

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Munir Niazi
Munir Niazi reciting his ghazal
Munir Niazi reciting his ghazal
Born Munir Ahmed Niazi
(1928-04-09)9 April 1928
Khanpur, Punjab, British India
Died 26 December 2006(2006-12-26) (aged 78)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation Urdu poet, Punjabi poet
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater

Govt. Sadiq Egerton College Bahawalpur

Dayal Singh College, Lahore
Period 1960 - 2006 (active years)
Genre Urdu and Punjabi Poetry
Notable awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2005 [1]

Munir Ahmad, better known as Munir Niazi, (Punjabi: منیر نیازی )(1928-2006) Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award recipient, was an Urdu and Punjabi poet from Pakistan.[2]Originally of Pashtun descent, Munir Ahmed used to call himself Punjabi as Punjabi definition is cultural and geographical and most of his poetry also reflected the culture of Punjab.[3]


Niazi was born in Khanpur on 9 April 1928, a village near Hoshiarpur Punjab, British India. He was initially educated at Khanpur. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he migrated and settled in Sahiwal, where he passed his matriculation examination. He earned an intermediate degree from Sadiq Egerton College, Bahawalpur and a B.A. degree from Dayal Singh College, Lahore, Pakistan.[4] Munir Niazi launched a weekly, Seven Colours, from Sahiwal in 1949. Some of his poetry was used in films and these film songs became extremely popular super-hit songs among the Pakistani public which established him as the foremost movie songwriter of Pakistan. For example, the film song in film Shaheed (1962), Uss Bewafa Ka Shehar Hai Aur Hum Hain Dosto and many others.[5]

His poetry that became super-hit film songs[edit]

Film song Singers Song lyrics by Music by Film and year
"Jis Ne Mere Dil Ko Dard Diya"[6] Mehdi Hassan Munir Niazi Hasan Latif Lilak Susral (1962)
"Jaa Apni Hasraton Pe Aansoo Baha Ke Sau Jaa" Noor Jehan Munir Niazi Hasan Latif Lilak Susral (1962)
"Kaisay Kaisay Loag Hamare Jee Ko Jalanay Aa Jaatain Hain" Mehdi Hassan Munir Niazi Hasan Latif Lilak Tere Shehar Mein (1965)
"Zinda Rahein Tau Kaya Hai Jau Mar Jaaen Hum Tau Kaya" Naheed Akhtar Munir Niazi M Ashraf Kharidar (1976)

He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. In 1960, he established a publication institute, Al-Misal. He was later associated with Pakistan Television, Lahore and lived in Lahore till his death. Taiz Hawa Aur Tanha Phool, Jungle Mein Dhanak, Dushmanoon Kai Darmiyan Sham and Mah-e-Munir are some of his Urdu publications. In Punjabi language, he has published Safar Di Raat, Char Chup Cheezan and Rasta Dassan Walay Tarey. Effective imagery in his poetry conveys pictures in a few words.[7] He has experimented with poetic forms and has tried to create a new style, rhythm and diction in Urdu poetry. Innocence, mythology, nostalgia, dreams, eroticism, and romance are some of his most common themes. Selected English translations of Munir Niazi's poetical works were edited by Suhail Safdar and published in 1996.[8]

Munir Niazi died of respiratory illness on 26 December 2006 in Lahore, Pakistan.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 [10]

Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award by the President of Pakistan in 2005 [11]


  • Munir Niazi Poetry in Urdu, 16 November 2016. [12]


  1. ^ "130 nationals, foreigners to get civil awards". Dawn. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "UNIQUE INTERVIEW OF MUNIR NIAZI TAKEN BY PERVIN SHAKIR". 2013-12-27. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "7th death anniversary of Munir Niazi today". Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "A fitting tribute to Munir Niazi". newspaper. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  5. ^, Munir Niazi hit film song on IMDb website, Retrieved 17 March 2016
  6. ^, Munir Niazi song on YouTube, Retrieved 18 March 2016
  7. ^ "Munir Niazi's 5th death anniversary today". 2011-12-20. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Safdar, Suhail (1996). The Poetical Works of Munir Niazi, Pakistan Writings. 
  9. ^, Munir Niazi death anniversary being observed today, Dawn newspaper, published 26 Dec 2014, Retrieved 17 March 2016
  10. ^ Munir Niazi Pride of Performance Award info on ARY News website, Published 26 Dec 2015, Retrieved 17 March 2016
  11. ^ [1], Retrieved 18 March 2016
  12. ^ alifseye, Munir Niazi Poetry in Urdu, 16 November 2016