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Irfan Siddiqui

Title: Special Assistant to Prime Minister
Occupation: Journalist
Institution/Org: Jang
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Irfan ul Haque Siddiqui, popularly known with his penname Irfan Siddiqui, was born in Rawalpindi (Punjab), Pakistan. He completed Masters in Urdu Literature and Bachelor of Education degrees from the prestigious University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Professional Career:

Mr. Siddiqui started his career from the field of Education where he remained associated with teaching assignments of various levels at Federal Government institutions. He decided to opt for voluntary retirement from the Government service in 1988 after an illustrious career spanning of 25 years including last 18 years at F.G. Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi, which is considered as one of the most prestigious higher education institutions. Later on, he also served as Director Education at Overseas Pakistanies Foundation (OPF) for a period of two years.

Mr. Siddiqui’s career as a professional journalist began with his association with the publications like weekly “Zindgi” and monthly “Qaumi Digest’ owned and edited by renowned journalist Mr. Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami. In 1990, Mr. Siddiqui joined weekly “Takbeer”, a famous political magazine working under the leadership of legendary journalist Mohammad Salahuddin Shaheed. While continuing his career with “Takbeer”, he started writing columns in daily “Jang”under the title of “Naqsh e Khyaal” in late 1997. His journalistic career was halted for a period of around three and a half years when he was appointed as press secretary to the President of Pakistan Mr. Mohammd Rafique Tarrar in January 1998.

After leaving the Presidency in June 2001, Mr. Siddiqui joined daily “Pakistan” as its resident editor Islamabad. This association was short lived as he started writing columns titled “Naqsh e Khyaal” in daily “Nawa-e-waqt” as full time columnist in September 2001. In August 2008, he switched over to daily “Jang”. Ever since, he has been regularly writing columns on political and social issues. In addition, he has been a regular participant in the various political talk shows aired on different news channels.

Other Interests/Activities

Mr. Siddiqui remained actively associated with Radio Pakistan as a talker, feature writer and playwright. He wrote over 100 radio plays which were widely acclaimed both by the general public and intelligentsia, including the renowned urdu drama writers Ashfaq Ahmed and Mirza Adeeb.

During his diverse career, Mr. Siddiqui has visited number of countries including United Kingdom, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Afghanistan, and Thailand. In addition to the mentioned countries, he was officially invited by the governments of the United States of America and Iran separately on tours to their respective countries. He is perhaps one of the few journalists who had a chance of meeting Taliban leader Mulla Mohammad Umar in one of his visits to Afghanistan.

He has also conducted lecture on politics, journalism, education and other issues of social importance both in Pakistan and abroad.

In his capacity as a leading Urdu columnist of the country, Mr. Siddiqui has been honoured with various national and International awards for his contribution in the field of journalism.

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Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:18:01 AM (MDT - USA)
Respected Siddiqui Sahib You are a little Harsh on the Caaptain.Pls Save your final laugh till may 12

sayyada zareen shah ( burewala vehari,United States) Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:18:41 PM (MDT - USA)
you are a great writer sir you always write on facts i like you

mohammad khan ( Quetta,United States) Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:06:52 AM (MDT - USA)
dear Sir,You made a mistake in your today's column which published in daily Jang that one of Interm PM's son became member of Assembly on PPPP's ticket, Sir, make correction none his son became member of any assembly ever. Regards, Mohammad Khan Khosa

Adeel ( Jedda,Saudi arabia) Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:21:17 AM (MDT - USA)
Another biased columnist. May Allah give our nation enough moral strength to boycott such people

ghulam mustafa ( Glasgow,United Kingdom) Friday, January 11, 2013 5:02:25 AM (MDT - USA)
mr saddiqui you are sharif family paid columinist your colums are always in favour of PML (N)

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Mere Mutabiq
Sunday, October 11, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Democracy,dictatorship and terrorism...!
Touseef Akbar Ali ( London,United Kingdom) Monday, October 12, 2009 11:55:09 AM (MDT - USA)
The idealogical basis of militant resistance in waziristan is provided by alliance of Pak army with USA. It has long history, it starts from late 50s and allowing US to fly spy plains (U2) from Bid Ber in NWFP. Our army has inherited loyality to US and unless we don't get rid of this attitude , we will be unable to solve our security problems. US supports dialogue between IRA and British govt. but dislikes if we talk to militants. These fighters are fighting for revenge and in name of jihad. they are not fighting for dollars. these can be asset for Pakistan instead of indulging in war with them. we need to find reasons from within ourselves. this is to be thought that why Usman alias Dr. Usman (former constable of army medican corp) is involved in attack on GHQ? 
Capital Talk
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (MDT - USA)
National Protest.
Muhammad Nadeem ( Birmingham,United States) Friday, July 24, 2009 3:27:38 PM (MDT - USA)
.I like mr Irfan siddiqui,s political analysis
ejaz ( gujranwala,United States) Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:02:16 PM (MDT - USA)
i don't know this person
Mere Mutabiq
Sunday, May 17, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Direction of Pakistan.
Ashar Israr ( Lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:13:32 AM (MDT - USA)
عرفان صاحب آپکے کالم بہت اچھے ھوتے ھیں
Capital Talk
Monday, May 4, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Pakistani Leadership and unity.
Hashmi ( gujranwala,Pakistan) Thursday, May 07, 2009 2:37:03 AM (MDT - USA)
Great analyst. Catch the problem from its roots.
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