Sehba Akhtar

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Sehba Akhtar
Akhtar Ali Rehmat[1]

30 September 1931 (1931-09-30)[1]
Jammu, British India
Died19 February 1996 (1996-02-20) (aged 64)[1]
Karachi, Pakistan
Occupationpoet, film songs lyricist
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (1996)

Sehba Akhtar (30 September 1931 – 19 February 1996) was a poet and a film songwriter in Pakistan.[2][1]

Early life and career[edit]

He was born Akhtar Ali Rehmat to Rehmat Ali Rehmat, a poet and a contemporary of the renowned playwright Agha Hashar Kashmiri, in Jammu, British India.[1] Sehba originally belonged to Amritsar, Punjab, India. He started writing verses in his school days. He finished his high school from Bareilly and later attended the Aligarh Muslim University. Later, before Pakistan's independence in 1947, he visited Karachi along with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to attend a public gathering organised by Karachi students. Soon after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he shifted to Pakistan and also started writing poems and songs for Pakistani movies and the Pakistani public.[1]

Popular poems[edit]

He wrote many famous poems and songs for the Pakistani people and also became involved in writing film songs for some Pakistani films.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

In late 1995 he became very ill in London, but insisted on returning to Pakistan to launch his poetry book, Mashal. He later died on 19 February 1996.[1] In Karachi, Pakistan, there is a 'Sehba Akhtar Road' named after him and a library in Nazimabad No.4, Karachi also carries his name.[6][7]


He received the Pride of Performance award from the President of Pakistan in 1996.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Profile of poet Sehba Akhtar on website Retrieved 27 November 2020
  2. ^ "KARACHI: Mock mushaira planned (with many noted dead poets in attendance)". Dawn (newspaper). 7 February 2003. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  3. ^ Exploring Sohail Rana's Pakistan (song written by Sehba Akhtar) website, Retrieved 27 November 2020
  4. ^ Film song by Sehba Akhtar on YouTube Retrieved 27 November 2020
  5. ^ Poetry of Sehba Akhtar on website Retrieved 27 November 2020
  6. ^ (Usman Liaquat) Leap of faith: Founder of ‘Kuch Karo’ decided to do just that (Sehba Akhtar Library and Road info) The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 24 Nov 2012, Retrieved 27 November 2020
  7. ^ Kashif Hussain (19 March 2019). "Karachi's public libraries rot in decay". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 27 November 2020.

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