I hail from the city of Lahore, which has been described by many as the “city of poets, love, longing, sin and splendor.” Having been born four years after the birth of my country, I have witnessed this historic city undergo myriad changes as my country has juggled between pseudo-democracy and dictatorship. It is from this constant state of metamorphosis that I seek my inspiration. My critics describe me as an unconventional poet and a non-conformist who prefers to break down myths rather than adhere to traditions. Living in a traditionally conservative society, I have become a reactionary, challenging a stagnant and static way of life.
Till date, I have published three books of poetry - . These are Within an Oyster’s Shell, Diorama and Reflections. My poetry has been described by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, one of pre-eminent poets in the history of the subcontinent, as being “free from any artificial bonds of form, characteristic by their symbolism, simplicity, and spontaneity.” In recognition of my literary contribution, in 2003, I was awarded the prestigious Patrus Bokhari Prize by the Government of Pakistan.