A prominent Urdu poet, scholar, and literary personality. Several collections of Iftikhar Arif’s 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, and the National Book Foundation. He has been President of the ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran, Iran. He presently heads the National Language Promotion Department, National History and Literary Heritage Division, Islamabad. He has received numerous awards, including the President’s Pride of Performance Award.