Irfan Siddiqui



Designation: Special Assistant to Prime Minister
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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)

umar farooq ( lahore,Afghanistan) Sunday, January 8, 2012 10:45:44 PM (MDT - USA)
There is still a visible majority of this nation supporting him, why? because these people are not "Jahil" like you.

saif ur rehman ( gujrat,Pakistan) Friday, December 16, 2011 2:13:18 AM (MDT - USA)
one of my favourite coulomnist n very loyal Pakistani man. May Allah bless him with all the happinesses what he needs.

AZIZ ( FINTAS,Kuwait) Saturday, November 19, 2011 9:50:45 AM (MDT - USA)

Muhammad Asif ( lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:15:38 AM (MDT - USA)
dear sir, i want to get your attention towards the medical tests conducting in pakistan for GCC countries. the GAMCA approved labs are doing their own way. for example my self was effected with Hepatitis C 06 yrs earlier and treated successfuly. now i got a job in KSA and my antobodies test came +ve while PCR is not detected. i tried my best to contact gamca , lab incharge and written e-mails to saudi embassy but nothing happen. some people from labs asks for money but i was refused. could you please get advice from medical criteria form saudi government for such cases since a lot of poeple of our country are not able to pursue or have information and giving the money for such corrupt labs. i will be grateful if you please write some thing on this in newspapers for guidance. regards, asif

gogi khan ( losangles CA,United States) Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:33:01 AM (MDT - USA)
hello sir Irfan I hope you rememeber me it been long time since we talk thanks for helping me . I just want to let you know that I am living good life because of you thaks for that I hope you under stand what I mean.

sohaib azhar ( Sharjah,United arab Emirates) Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:03:19 PM (MDT - USA)
Assalam oa Alaikam I was your student for short period of time in Sir Syed College Rwp,in 1985 to 1989.As you are close to Nawaz Sharif you can convey our point of view.As he is asking for revolution and need energetic people,he also thinks no value of green passport.Firstly he should bring back all his assests to Pakistan ,and also ask for forgiveness when he left country and will never repeat this again if present situation gets worse.the people thats why are not getting out for him because he should set example himself for sacrifice.Most importantly he should not ignore Javed Hashmi a real grass root level leader who held the party when Mian sahhib was away.Lstly Mian sahib has not visited saraeki belt for long time even Shahbaz Sharif.Please convey our point of view as Yaum e Takbeer is coming he has the oppertunity to give hope to people in reality My best of Regards Sohaib Azhar

Abid Hameed Khan Meo ( Tehsil Zafarwal,Pakistan) Sunday, May 22, 2011 4:49:52 AM (MDT - USA)
Assalamualaikum.Muhibb-e-watan,apny logon ki takaleef mein jalny aur bhun ney walaa aik sahafi aur adeeb jiss ke Qalam se nikly hui tehreer naa jaany kitny logon ko watan ki wafadaar banaa chuki hai wo aik naaam hai Janab Irfan Siddiqui Sahib kaa ALLAH kareem inn ko apny hifzo amaan mein rakhy. Aaameen

MUHAMMAD AMIN ( FAISALAABAD,Pakistan) Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:26:18 AM (MDT - USA)

abdul karim khan ( karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:16:02 AM (MDT - USA)
I deeply appreciate u and salute on bold and courageous column published in daily jang and in particular dated 4th May u have truely represented the voice of pakistani may God bles you

HABIB ULLAH KHAN TAREEN ( KARACHI,Pakistan) Wednesday, May 4, 2011 1:11:57 AM (MDT - USA)
جناب عرفان صدیقی صاحب۔ اسلام علیکم ورحمتہ اللہ وبرکاتہ۔ میں حبیب اللہ خان ترین کراچی میں رہتا ہوں۔ اور اپکے کالم پرتا رہتا ہوں۔ لیکن آج جو کالم اپ نے اسلامی مجاہد اسامہ بن لادن کے بارے میں لکھا تھا۔ وہ ہم جیسے حقیر فقیر، براے نام مسلمان، خود غرض، دنیا کے پوجاری، حوس کے شکار، جیسے لوگوں کے لیے سبق ہے، اللہ تعالٰی سے دعا ہے، کہ اپ جیسے لوگوں کو اللہ لمبی زندگی عطا فرمائیں، اور اسی طرح اسلام کے لیے قربانی دینے کی توفیق نصیب عطا مرمائے۔ آمین

tayyab sohal ( more eminabad distck gujranwallah,Pakistan) Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:57:57 PM (MDT - USA)
کیا آب میں آپ سے مل سکتا ھوں03007467865

tayyab sohal ( more eminabad distck gujranwallah,Pakistan) Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:56:24 PM (MDT - USA)
سر آ پ سے حج 2006 کو ملا قات ھو ٰٰٰی تھی

sajid mehmood ( Gujar Khan,Pakistan) Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:26:13 AM (MDT - USA)
Dear Siddiqui Sahid, It is something difficult for me to comment on you. I was a reader of your column in Nawaiwaqt some time back. I discontinued study of newspapers thinking it a sourace of tention and upsetness. Now, when I started it again and searched your column in Nawaiwaqt, I reached here. Sir, do you visualize any betterment of our country?.

Ateeq. ( lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, February 1, 2011 12:30:28 PM (MDT - USA)
ALLAH aap ko jaza de .....

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Topic: Democracy,dictatorship and terrorism...!
Hosted By: Shahid Masood
Added On: Sunday, October 11, 2009 (MDT - USA)
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? 
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Topic: National Protest.
Hosted By: Hamid Mir
Added On: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Muhammad Nadeem ( Birmingham,United States) Friday, July 24, 2009 3:27:38 PM (MDT - USA)
.I like mr Irfan siddiqui,s political analysis
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Topic: National Protest.
Hosted By: Hamid Mir
Added On: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (MDT - USA)
ejaz ( gujranwala,United States) Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:02:16 PM (MDT - USA)
i don't know this person
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Topic: Direction of Pakistan.
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Added On: Sunday, May 17, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Ashar Israr ( Lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:13:32 AM (MDT - USA)
عرفان صاحب آپکے کالم بہت اچھے ھوتے ھیں
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Topic: Pakistani Leadership and unity.
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Added On: Monday, May 4, 2009 (MDT - USA)
Hashmi ( gujranwala,Pakistan) Thursday, May 7, 2009 2:37:03 AM (MDT - USA)
Great analyst. Catch the problem from its roots.
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