Iftikhar Arif

(21 March 1943 / Lucknow / British India)

Iftikhar Arif
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Iftikhar Hussain Arif (Urdu: افتخار حسین عارف) commonly known as Iftikhar Arif (افتخار عارف) is an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. His style is romantic Urdu poetry. He has headed Academy Adbiyat, the Pakistan Academy of Letters and currently, he is the Chairman of Muqtadra Quami Zaban, the National Language Authority. He has been decorated with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance, highest literary awards by Government of Pakistan.

Early Days and Education

Iftikhar Arif was born in Lucknow in 1943 and lived there till his migration to Pakistan in 1965. During this period he received his education at the Lucknow ... more »

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  • Khalid Farooq Khan(8/4/2012 1:53:00 AM)

    A Dream Come True, Finding The Sight of a Jewel, Iftikhar Arif, The Living Encyclpedia of Urdu Adab Is ther any way of knowing his email, Twiter or Face Book, Finding him is Like I said A Dream Come True. ALLAH Aap Ki Ummer Daraz Farmain, Aamin.

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Best Poem of Iftikhar Arif

Written In The Season Of Fear

Those birds who want to try their wings against the odds of nature
who want to explore the working of the wind
Are now afraid to fly in open skies.
They know the one who'll hunt them down, and they
also knowwhich net,
But who knows what scheme he's hatching and on which
branch he'll start.
Hunters...blind as their consciences...hunters that
seek to silence
The growing chorus of birds in the branches...
Set out to open every door of tyranny they can.
O Lord!
Even trees are now frozen with fear
As their branches wait for the fruit of voices
Who'll ...

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