Profile of Iftikhar Arif
Pen Name : 'Iftikhar'
Real Name : Iftikhar Hussain Arif
Born : 21 Mar 1943 | Lucknow, Uttar pradesh
shikam kī aag liye phir rahī hai shahr-ba-shahr
sag-e-zamāna haiñ ham kyā hamārī hijrat kyā
shikam ki aag liye phir rahi hai shahr-ba-shahr
sag-e-zamana hain hum kya hamari hijrat kya
Iftikhar Hussain Arif, widely popular as Iftikhar Arif, is an Urdu shayar, intellectual and philosopher from Pakistan. He was born in Lucknow on March 21, 1940 and lived there till he migrated to Pakistan in 1965. He completed his Masters in Arts from the University of Lucknow. Three of his collections, Mehr-e-Doneem, Harf-e-Baryab and Jahan-e-Maloom have been published in many editions. He has been decorated with titles like Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance, the highest literary awards by Government of Pakistan.