Sehba Akhtar

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Sehba Akhtar (September 23, 1930 – February 19, 1996) was a poet and songwriter in Pakistan.

He was born to Sir Rehmat Ali Rehmat, a poet and a contemporary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri, in Srinagar, India. Sehba originally belonged to Amritsar. He started writing verses in his school days. He passed his high school from Breli and later attended the Aligarh 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, he shifted to Pakistan and also started writing poems and songs for Pakistani movies and people of Pakistan.He wrote many famous poems and songs for Pakistani people and in 1964 became involved in writing songs for Pakistani films.

One of his national songs, Mein bhi Pakistan Hoon Tu bhi Pakistan Hai, is sung on national occasions at different venues and on Pakistan independence day (especially the celebration at Aiwan-e-sadar, President House). His Poetry books are SherkiashidaIqraKhazinaMashal and Samandar.