Sehba Akhtar

Sehba Akhtar
Akhtar Ali Rehmat[1]

30 September 1931 (1931-09-30)[1]
Jammu, British India
Died19 February 1996 (1996-02-20) (aged 64)[1]
Karachi, Pakistan
Occupationpoet, film songwriter

Sehba Akhtar (30 September 1931 – 19 February 1996) was a poet and a film songwriter in Pakistan.[1]

Early life and career

He was born Akhtar Ali Rehmat to Rehmat Ali Rehmat, a poet and a contemporary of the renowned playwright Agha Hashar Kashmiri, in Jammu, British India.[1] Sehba originally belonged to Amritsar, Punjab, India. He started writing verses in his school days. He finished his high school from Bareilly and later attended the Aligarh Muslim University. Later, before Pakistan's independence in 1947, he visited Karachi along with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to attend a public gathering organised by Karachi students. Soon after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he shifted to Pakistan and also started writing poems and songs for Pakistani movies and people of Pakistan.[1]

Super-hit poems

He wrote many famous poems and songs for the Pakistani people and also became involved in writing film songs for some Pakistani films.[1]

  • "Mein Bhi Pakistan Hoon Tu Bhi Pakistan Hai" Sung by Muhammad Ali Shehki, music by Sohail Rana, a Pakistan Television Corporation production[2]
  • "Tanha thee aour Hamishah say Tanha hay Zindagi" sung by Mehdi Haasan
  • "Chand Ki Seij Pe Taaron Se Saja Ke Sehra" Sung by Runa Laila, music by Deebo Bhattacharya for film Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1970)[3]
  • "Mujhe Bhulaane Walay Tujhe Bhi Chaen Na Aaey"[4]
  • "Wahain zindigi key hasee'n khawb totay" Sung by Jamal Akbar, Music by Kareem Shahab Uddin.
  • "tera Mera Sathi hay lehrata samandar" Film Samander, sung by Ahmed Rushdi

Death and legacy

In late 1995 he became very ill in London, but insisted on returning to Pakistan to launch his poetry book, Mashal. He died on Monday, 19 February 1996.[1] In Karachi, Pakistan, there is a 'Sehba Akhtar Road' named after him and a library in Karachi also carries his name.[5]


He received the Pride of Performance award from the President of Pakistan in 1996.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i, Profile of poet Sehba Akhtar on website, Retrieved 10 Nov 2016
  2. ^, Song written by Sehba Akhtar on website, Retrieved 10 Nov 2016
  3. ^, Film song by Sehba Akhtar on YouTube, Retrieved 10 Nov 2016
  4. ^, Poetry of Sehba Akhtar on website, Retrieved 10 Nov 2016
  5. ^ Leap of faith: Founder of ‘Kuch Karo’ decided to do just that, Sehba Akhtar Library and Road info on The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 24 Nov 2012, Retrieved 10 Nov 2016

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