Sabir Zafar

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Sabir Zafar is a leading poet and lyricist in Pakistan. He has written songs for many Pakistani films, singers such as Nazia Hasan, Sajjad Ali, Ali Azmat and his band Junoon, as well as many successful TV drama serials. He was awarded a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the Government of Pakistan in 2010.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Sabi Zafar was born as Muzaffar Ahmed in Kahuta, Rawalpindi District on 12 September 1949 to a school teacher.[3][1]

Sabir Zafar worked with the Press Information Department of the Government of Sindh. He started writing poetry in 1968. He thinks that he should stay in touch with reality and his poetry should also be based on real-life issues and problems of daily life.[1]

Sabir Zafar believes Sufism mellows a person and makes him tolerant of other peoples' views.[1]


Junoon (band)[edit]

  • "Azadi"
  • "Baarish"
  • "Chaen"
  • "Chalay Thay Saath"
  • "Chal Kuriye"
  • "Dewaar"
  • "Dharti Keh Khuda"
  • "Dil Nahin Lag Raha"
  • "Dosti"
  • "Garaj Baras"
  • "Ghoom Taana"
  • "Heeray"
  • "Hungama"
  • "Husan Walo"
  • "Ishq",
  • "Janey Tu"
  • "Jhulle Lal"
  • "Kaisay Gaaon Main"
  • "Kisne Suna"
  • "Kyun Parishan"
  • "Lal Meri Pat"
  • "Loishay"
  • "Mahiwal"
  • "Maza Zindagi Ka"
  • "Meri Awaaz Suno"
  • "Mitti"
  • "Mukh Gae"
  • "Pappu Yaar"
  • "Pyar Bina"
  • "Rondé Naina"
  • "Saeein Alaap"
  • "Sanwal"
  • "Sapnay"
  • "Sayonee"
  • "Shamein"
  • "Sheena"
  • "Sheeshay Kay Ghar"
  • "Taara Jala"
  • "Wahda Hoo"
  • "Zamane Ke Andaz" (partially)



Zafar has penned the lyrics to the following title songs:

Bollywood Films[edit]

Other songs[edit]


  • Lahu Tarang (a collection of folktales of all the four provinces of Pakistan in Urdu language)[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Naseer Ahmad (10 July 2008). "Sufism and politics have the same goals — Sabir Zafar". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b List of civil award winners (Sabir Zafar's award info) Dawn (newspaper), Published 16 August 2009, Retrieved 18 April 2019
  3. ^ Profile of Sabir Zafar on website Retrieved 18 April 2019
  4. ^ Sohail, Saadia win best actor, actress awards (12th PTV Awards ceremony) Dawn (newspaper), Published 13 January 2004, Retrieved 20 April 2019
  5. ^ MTV Pakistan music awards to be held in May Dawn (newspaper), Published 10 May 2009, Retrieved 20 April 2019

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