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Riaz-Ur-Rehman Saghar (Urdu: ریاض الرحمٰن ساغر‎, born 1 December 1941, Bathinda, Punjab, British India; died 2 June 2013, at Lahore, Pakistan) was a poet and a film song lyricist active in Pakistani cinema. He had been awarded numerous awards in recognition of his services to the Pakistani film industry. He is credited with having written over 25000 songs in his lifetime, including many for noted Pakistani singers such as Hadiqa Kiani ("Dupatta Mera Malmal Da" [دوپٹہ میرا ململ دا], "Yaad Sajan Di Ayi" [یاد سجن دی آوے]) and a duet song with Asha Bhosle and Adnan Sami Khan ("Kabhi to Nazar Milao" [کبھی تو نظر ملاؤ]). Saghar also wrote prose and film dialogue in some of the films.


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Riaz-ur-Rehman Saghar was born on 1 December 1941 in Bathinda(بٹھنڈا), Punjab, British India to Molvi Muhammad Azeem (مولوی محمد عظیم) and Sadiqan Bibi (صدیقن بی بی). In 1947, his family emigrated to Pakistan as refugees following the independence of Pakistan. During the journey, Saghar's father was murdered by a Sikh extremist, and his infant brother died of starvation. In Walton Cantonment and later Multan, where Saghar and his mother settled, they made their living making and selling paper bags in the marketplace. Saghar enrolled in Millat High School where he discovered his love of poetry. He later entered Emerson College Multan for Intermediate Studies, where his poetry readings attracted large crowds. After several warnings, he was expelled from Emerson, after which he traveled to Lahore to begin his career. He finished his schooling in Multan and then moved to Lahore in 1957.

In journalism

In Lahore, Saghar found a job at Lail o Nahar, an Urdu-language weekly magazine, where he worked for a year but soon realized it was not his place of interest. He moved on to Nawa-i-Waqt daily newspaper and while there, he did his Intermediate and bachelor's degrees in 'Punjabi Fazil'. He worked as a culture and film editor at Nawa-i-Waqt and the weekly 'Family' magazine till 1996.

As a newspaper columnist

Saghar was the first columnist to write on national political situations in the form of a ballad. His first column was published in 1996 by the title of "Arz Kia Hai" (Urdu عرض کیا ہے), covering political, social and cultural Issues. His last column was published in Nawa-i-Waqt on 24 March 2013 by the title of "Subah ka sitara chup gya ha" (صبح کا ستارہ چُھپ گیا ہے) .

As a songwriter

While working as a journalist, Saghar's love for poetry remained strong. In 1958, he wrote his first song for a film that was never released. His first released song was in the film Alia, but his first real success came with the song "Mere dil kay sanam khane mei ek tasveer aisi hai" from the film Shareek e Hayat and "Chalo kahin door yeh samaj chor dain" from Samaj. He wrote film song lyrics for a Punjabi movie "Ishq Khuuda"(2013) which was released after his death. Saghar worked as a journalist but his passion for poetry drove him to the film world as well.

Film dialogue and script writer

Saghar worked as a dialogue and story writer for about 75 films, including Shama (1974), Naukar (1975), Susraal (1977), Shabana (1976), Nazrana (1978), Aurat aik paheli, Aawaz (1978), Bharosa(1977) Tarana and "Moor" (2015)

As a film songwriter

Saghar has written over 2,000 songs for many singers and music directors for Pakistani films, radio and TV.


Song books
  • Main Nay Jo Geet Likhay
  • Prose
  • Who Bhi Kia Din Thay (autobiography)
  • Camera
  • Qalam aur Dunya (Travelogue of 7 Countries)
  • Lahore Ta Bombay Brasta Delhi (Travelogue of India)
  • Sarkari Mehmaan Khaana (Book on events inside Jail)
  • Poetry
  • Chand Jharoke Mein
  • Piare Piare Geet Hmare
  • Arz Kia Hai, Sur Sitarey
  • Aangan Aangan Taray ( Poems in this book were presented on PTV for children. All poems started from Urdu alphabets. Federal Ministry of Education have also instructed all syllabus book boards to utilize this book.)
  • Chalo Cheen Chalain (travelogue to China: the first ballad travelogue in Urdu)
  • Sooraj Kab Nikle Ga (incomplete autobiography in ballad form)
  • Pakistan pe jaan qurban ( a national song recited by him on Pakistan Television)
  • Awards and recognition

    Saghar has received many awards in recognition of his services to the film industry of Pakistan. Prominent ones are:

  • National Film Award
  • PTV Award
  • Cultural Graduate Award
  • Nigar Award in 1995 for Best Lyricist in the film Sargam (1995 film)
  • Bolan Award
  • Death and legacy

    After being ill for a few months, Riaz ur Rehman Saghar lost his battle to cancer in Jinnah Hospital, Lahore on 2 June 2013. "He could write a poem in 10 to 15 minutes no matter how noisy it was." said a Pakistani journalist Sajid Yazdani who had associated with him for 10 to 15 years.


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