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Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony for a Living Legend Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif

Dec 30

3:00PM to 05:00pm

SDPI's Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor Taimur Chambers, 10-D (WEST), Fazl-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad.


The SDPI under its Living Legend Series Program is organising a Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony in honour of a Living Legend ‘Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif’ for life long struggle and unmatched contributions to the Urdu language and literature.

Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif, commonly known as Iftikhar Arif, is a renowned Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur. Several collections of his poetry have been published, including the rendition of his poetry into English, titled Written in the Season of Fear (OUP, 2003). Arif has headed the Pakistan Academy of Letters, National Language Authority (Muqtadira qaumi zaban) and the National Book Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including the President’s Pride of Performance Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Faiz International memorial Award from India.
Welcome Remarks by:

  • Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
  • Ms. Kishwar Naheed, Renowned Urdu Poet, Author and Columnist 
  • Mr. Ashfaq Saleem Mirza, Noted progressive writer, historian, literary critic and a rare scholar of philosophy
  • Dr. Najeeba Arif, Professor, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI)
  • Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Renowned Progressive Writer, Poet and Author, Senior Advisor at SDPI
  • M. Hameed Shahid, Acclaimed Short Story Writer and Critic 
  • Dr. Tauseef Tabassum, Famous Urdu Poet and Literary Critic  
  • Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Fiction & Short Urdu Story Writer, Research Fellow, SDPI (Recorded message)
  • Mr. Mehboob Zafar, Poet and Literary Critic
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