Iftikhar Arif

Iftikhar Hussain Arif  commonly known as Iftikhar Arif (ur) (b. 21 March 1943 Lucknow) 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 Muqtadra Quami Zaban (the National Language Authority).[3] He has been decorated with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Presidential Pride of Performance, which are the highest literary awards given by the Government of Pakistan.


  • Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2005)
  • Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1999)
  • Pride of Performance (literature 1990)
  • Baba-e-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq Award, (poetry, 1995)
  • Naqoosh Award (1994)
  • Faiz International Award for Poetry by the Aalami Urdu Conference

Theses written

Postgraduate theses on Arif include:

Books and publications

  • Mehr-i-Doneem (1983)
  • Harf-i-Baryab (1994)
  • Jahan-e-Maloom
  • Shehr-e-Ilm ke derwazay per (2006)
  • Written in the Season of Fear (English translation)
  • The Twelfth Man (translation of Barhwan Khilari by Brenda Walker, 1989)
  • Kitab-e-Dil-o-Dunya (2009)
  • Modern Poetry of Pakistan [9] (2011, editor)

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