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Iftikhar Arif

Birth:1943

Death:

Pakistan's well-known Urdu poet. His scholarship and love for learning has earned him great admiration and esteem in the world of Urdu literature and is currently Chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters in Islamabad. In his powerful diction and an expression of clarity and force, Arif's forte remains in his ghazal that he chisels his lines to perfection. His collections of poetry Mehr-I-Do-Neem, Harf-I-Baryaab and Jahaan-I-Maaloom have been widely read and translated. A recently published selection from his works, Shehe-I-Ilm ke Darwaaze Par, based on his ideology of faith and religion, Arif outlines a significant and unique dimension to his creativity. Iftikhar Arif has received many awards, including the Hilal-I-Imtiaz for his contribution to literature.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan

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