Poets/Writers From Pakistan

Total: 1851

Allama Iqbal

1877 - 1938

One of the greatest Urdu Poets.National poet of Pakistan who penned 'Saare jahan se achaa hindustaan hamara', and 'Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri'.

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

1911 - 1984

One of the most celebrated and popular poets. Faced political repression for his revolutionary views.

Film-maker, lyricist and fiction writer. Famous for his tele-serial on Mirza Ghalib. Recipient of Sahitya Academy and Dada Sahab Phalke award.

Intizar Hussain

1925 - 2016

Most prominent fiction writer, known for his stories woven around the experience of Partition and for his individual style of telling tales. The first Urdu writer to have been shortlisted for Man Booker prize.

Krishn Chander

1914 - 1977

A contemporary of Manto, associated with the Progressive Writers Movement, known for his stories of romance and social realism.

Maulwi Abdul Haq

1872 - 1961

The most prominent stylist of Urdu prose and author of "Aab-e-Hayaat". Himself a poet, he was a major force behind the movement for the new Nazm in Urdu.

One of the most read fiction and travelogue writers from Pakistan; known for his unique creativity and appeal.

Patras Bukhari

1898 - 1958

Patras Bokhari was an Urdu humourist, educator, essayist, broadcaster and diplomat from Pakistan. He is best known for his humorous writings in Urdu literature.

Shahzad Ahmad

1932 - 2012

One of the leading poets of new Urdu ghazal.

Abdul Hamid Adam

1909 - 1981

Popular Poet with dominant romantic shades celebrating love and life.

One of the leading Pakistani poets known for his layered poetic expression.

Ahmad Faraz

1931 - 2008

Pakistani poet, only second to Faiz Ahmad Faiz in popularity. Rose to iconic stature powered by his seductively romantic and anti-establishment poetry.

Ahmad Hamesh

1940 - 2013

Prominent modernist poet, story writer, one of the first poets to write prose poems; also edited important journal "Tashkeel".

One of the leading and reputed Pakistani poets known for his neo-classical tone, equally well-known in India, lives in Houston USA.

Most outstanding Pakistani, Progressive poet. Also counted among leading fiction-writers. Edited an important literary magazine Funoon.

Akhtar Shirani

1905 - 1948

One of the most popular Urdu poets ever, known for his intense romantic poetry.

Anees Nagi

1939 - 2010

Prominent Pakistani poet, fiction writer, and critic; wrote two important novels Zawaal, and Deewaar ke Peechhe; also wrote a history of Pakistani literature

One of the prominent poets of Humour & Satire in the Indian subcontinent

Leading Pakistani poet who writes a four-lined on current affairs daily for the Pakistani Newspaper Jung.

Prominent Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan who also occasionally writes poetry

Athar Nafees

1933 - 1980

Prominent Pakistani exponent of new Urdu ghazal, famous for his ghazhal 'Wo ishq jo hum se rooth gaya' sung by many singers.

Aziz Hamid Madni

1922 - 1991

One of the stalwarts of new Urdu ghazal in Pakistan. Some of his ghazals have been put to music.

Balraj Komal

1928 - 2013

One of the leading modern poets and short story writer, who made outstanding contribution to modern Urdu Nazm in India.

Baqi Siddiqui

1905 - 1972

One of the most prominent modern poets of Pakistan

Dilawar Figar

1929 - 1998

Renowned Urdu poet of humour and satire.

Ehsan Danish

1914 - 1982

One of the most popular poets in the fourth and fifth decades of 20th century, contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Fahmida Riaz

1946 - 2018

Woman poet from Pakistan, known for strong feminist and anti-establishment leanings.

Habib Jalib

1928 - 1993

Popular poet from Pakistan, known for his anti-establishment poetry, having mass following.

Popular romantic poet made famous by Malika Pukhraj by singining ghazal "abhi to main jawan huun". Wrote the National Anthem of Pakistan.

Ibn e Insha

1927 - 1978

Pakistani poet known for his ghazal "kal chaudhanvi ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha tera".

One of the most prominent Pakistani poets, famous for his cultural romanticism.

Renowned feminist poet, known for her social consciousness and creative sensibility.

Jamal Ehsani

1951 - 1998

One of most prominent post-modern Pakistani poets, known for the uniqueness of his poetic experience.

Jameeluddin Aali

1925 - 2015

Famous for writing Dohas.

Jaun Eliya

1931 - 2002

One of the most prominent modern Pakistani poets, popular for his unconventional ways.

Josh Malihabadi

1898 - 1982

One of the most fiery progressive poets who is known as Shayar-e-Inquilab (revolutionary poet)

Khatir Ghaznavi

1925 - 2008

Famous for his ghazal 'Go zara si baaat par barson ke yaraane gai.' sung by many singers.

Majeed Amjad

1914 - 1974

One of the founding-fathers of modern Urdu poetry.

Meeraji

1912 - 1949

One of the founding fathers of modern Urdu nazm. Known for his mystical association with Indian metaphysical tradition. Died young.

Mohsin Naqvi

1947 - 1996

Popular pakistani poet who died Young.

Mukhtar Siddiqui

1919 - 1972

Muneer Niyazi

1928 - 2006

One of the most outstanding modern poets who wrote both in Urdu and Punjabi. Also a film lyricist.

Most prominent humorist and satirist of Pakistan; author of extraordinary works "Chiaargh Tale" and "Aab-e-Gum". He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan.

Mustafa Zaidi

1929 - 1970

Also known as Tegh Allahabadi, was a C.S.P officer in Pakistan, assassinated in mysterious circumstances.

Nasir Kazmi

1925 - 1972

One of the founders of modern ghazal.Born at Ambala in India, he migrated to Pakistan and wrote extensively on the pain and sufferings of partition.

Prominent Pakistani woman poet, political activist and broadcaster.

Niyaz Fatehpuri

1884 - 1966

A prominent scholar and literary figure also known as a story writer, poet, and translator. Edited ‘Nigar’، a journal of remarkable repute

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