Muhammad Shanazar: Pride of Pakistan

In recent times no Pakistani poet has brought laurels to the country as Muhammad Shanazar. While the past year has propelled him to even greater heights of fame as he has been honored with several awards and titles from across the globe. And the year 2017 is proving to be no less; as today he was awarded the prestigious ‘Pride of Pakistan’ by the Government of Punjab in recognition of his life time services in the English language and for projecting a positive image of Pakistan internationally, through his poetry. It was presented to him by Punjab Education Minister; Rana Mashood at the Rawalpindi Arts Council.

Also he will soon be receiving the Bronze Medal for Culture (special edition) from the World Parliament of Literature, ‘the World Union of Poets, Italy’ for embodying and highlighting Pakistani culture in his poems.

The Journey of Muhammad Shanazar

Muhammad Shanazar was born in Rawalpindi on 25th November, 1960. Since childhood he was sensitive, compassionate, had a great love for nature and was a keen observer. He was also very much interested in learning the English language, which ultimately lead to his pursuing an M.A in English Literature from the University of Punjab. He has taught English Language and Literature from (1986-2009) at the Government College of Commerce at Kahuta, and is currently the deputy Director of Commerce Colleges, Rawalpindi.

He seriously began writing poetry in 1998 and to date he has written more than 400 poems. In 2002, he joined Voices Network (which is an internet based writing community in the US that had started out that same year). For a decade he has served as a judge in the international poetry competitions that they have held, critiquing nearly 200,000 poems. His own poems have been exhibited on numerous websites, and published in various world anthologies, for which he has received immense appreciation, specifically from his peers.

His poetry encompasses all the universal issues that are being faced by human beings in the world. Yet his core message is to make people realize the value of human life, specifically by avoiding war and bloodshed at all costs as well to protect the Earth. He says:

There is no greater responsibility for the men of literature than to work for the collective cause irrespective of caste, creed or color. I am of the firm belief that behind all major changes and revolutions there have been the functioning of the greater minds; if it is so, let us then use the force of our powerful pens to make the world understand that

The Works of Muhammad Shanazar

To date he has written 3 books which are:


He is currently working on:

They are all expected to be published by this year. To him poetry is:

An expression of heart piercing thoughts combined with the emotions flowing from the Greater Mind to the Receptive Mind when both function at a certain indescribable fleeting frequency. The Receptive Mind works wonders performing the task of centuries during these ephemeral moments revealing the curtained truths of the time and place in which Man exists

Translations by Muhammad Shanazar

He has translated over a 1000 poems by contemporary poets on various themes specifically peace, from Urdu, Punjabi and Pothwari into English. These include:

He has also translated 14 fictional stories by Farheen Chaudary, which have been published by the name of Sugar Coated.

Awards Received by Muhammad Shanazar

He has received many awards from all over the world in recognition of his work. They are as follows:

International Standings of Muhammad Shanazar

He has been acknowledged by many global institutes and accredited with various titles:

It is indeed an honor to have such a poet in our country. It is imperative that his works should be included in the national curriculum at college and university level, so that the youth may feel proud and be inspired!