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Munir was born in Khanpur, a village near Hoshiarpur, India, on April 19, 1928. He hailed from the famous Niazi tribe. He got primary education from Khanpur and migrated to Sahiwal after creation of Pakistan.

Munir Niazi wrote many famous film songs and made his name as the foremost movie songwriter of Pakistan. He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. He launched a weekly Saat Rang from Sahiwal in 1949. In 1960 he established a publication institute, Al-Misal.

For his literary achievements Munir Niazi was awarded ‘Kamal-e-Funn Award for the year 2002 by Pakistan Academy of Letters and the ‘President’s Award for Pride of Performance” in 1992 and ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ in 1998.

His poetry influenced an entire generation of young writers and poets. His famous work includes ‘Taiz Hawa Aur Tanha Phool’, ‘Jungle mein Dhanak’, ‘Dushmanoon Kai Darmiyan Sham’ and ‘Mah-e-Munir’.

Lately he was associated with Lahore Television and lived in Lahore till his death. Munir Niazi died of respiratory illness on 26 December 2006 in Lahore.