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Hameed Akhtar

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Nationality  Pakistani
Known for  Journalist, columnist
Children  Saba Waseem Abbas
Occupation  Journalist, writer
Died  2011, Lahore, Pakistan
Born  12 March 1924Ludhiana, British India
Relatives  Waseem Abbas (son-in-law) Faris Shafi (grandson) Meesha Shafi (granddaughter) Ali Abbas (grandson)
Grandchildren  Meesha Shafi, Faris Shafi, Ali Abbas
Great grandchildren  Kazimir Rahman, Janevi Rahman
Similar  Saba Waseem Abbas, Meesha Shafi, Faris Shafi, Ali Abbas, Waseem Abbas

Urdu baithak hameed akhtar

Hameed Akhtar (1924–2011), was a veteran newspaper columnist, writer, journalist and the secretary-general of the Progressive Writers Association in Pakistan. He was also the father of popular TV actress Saba Waseem Abbas.


1 5 hameed akhtar interview with farrukh sohail goindi

Early life and career

Hameed Akhtar finished his basic education in Ludhiana area and was a childhood friend of the now renowned poets Sahir Ludhianvi and Ibn-e-Insha in his school years. He became a 'Hafiz-e-Quran' (memorized the Quran) at age 10. Later, his family migrated to Pakistan.

After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he joined the daily Urdu language newspaper Daily Imroze in 1948 in Lahore and then later became its editor. In 1970, he co-founded the daily Urdu language newspaper 'Azad' with fellow journalists Abdullah Malik and I. A. Rehman. Hameed Akhtar was a well-respected newspaper columnist and wrote columns for many newspapers in his lifetime, most recently for Daily Express newspaper. Writer Intezar Hussain described Hameed Akhtar as a chronicler of the Progressive Writers Movement who worked relentlessly for progressive causes such as achieving equality among humans, and his lifetime contributions are of great value. He also said, after Hameed Akhtar's death, that he wanted to pass on his bitter and sweet memories of the tough times he had to the next generation through his pen. Over his lifetime, to name a few, Hameed Akhtar had interacted with writers like Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Munnu Bhai, Hafeez Jalandhri, Ismat Chughtai, Patras Bukhari, Saadat Hasan Manto, Kaifi Azmi, Krishan Chander and Jan Nisar Akhtar.

Books and film scriptwriter

  • Aashnaayian Kia Kia
  • Kaal Kothri- this book was a memento of his time in jail
  • Royedad-e-Anjuman
  • Sukh Ka Sapna (film script written for this 1962 film)
  • Paraaye Aag (film script written in 1971)
  • Death and legacy

    He died on 17 October 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan after a long battle with cancer at age 87. Hameed Akhtar's survivors are his wife, 3 daughters and 1 son including his TV actress daughter Saba Hameed. Saba Hameed first married Syed Pervaiz Shafi. They were later separated and divorced. They had two kids, a daughter, actress Meesha Shafi and a son, music performer Faris Shafi. She later married TV actor Waseem Abbas, with whom she had a son named Ali Abbas, also an actor.


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