Sehba Akhtar

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

Early life[edit]

He was born to Sir Rehmat Ali Rehmat, a poet and a contemporary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri, in Srinagar, India. Sehba originally belonged to Amritsar. He started writing verses in his school days. He passed his high school from Breli and later attended the Aligarh 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, he shifted to Pakistan and also started writing poems and songs for Pakistani movies and people of Pakistan.


After the independence, he married Saeeda Akhtar, with whom he had six children: Rubina, Shehla, Azeem, Azam, Samina and Nadeem (who now have children of their own) and they live in Karachi.[citation needed]

Famous literature[edit]

He wrote many famous poems and songs for Pakistani people and in 1964 became involved in writing songs for Pakistani films.


In late 1995 he became very ill in London, but insisted on returning to Pakistan to launch his national poetry book, Mashal.[citation needed] He died on Monday, February 19, 1996.[citation needed]

He is remembered[by whom?] as Shair-e-Pakistan and a man of promises. In Karachi Pakistan there is a Sehba Akhtar Road named after him and a library in Karachi also carries his name.[2]


He received a Pride of Performance award from the President of Pakistan.[citation needed]


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