Raja Muhammad Anwar

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Raja Muhammad Anwar (Urdu: راجہ محمد انور‎) is a writer, columnist and former chairman of Punjab Education Foundation (a government body in Punjab, Pakistan).[1][2][3][4][5]


He is married to the Afghan Basira Raja, whom he met in Kabul during his exile. His daughter, Anita Raja, served nine nears as an A plus category anchor on Pakistan Television as a current affairs anchor. She currentlyTemplate:Hen resides in the UK with her husband and son. Both[which?] are practicing doctors.

Raja Anwar's elder son Sunil has a business in the UK and is settled there with his wife, who is a teacher by profession.

His youngest son, born in 1994, is an engineering student at Birmingham University.[when?]


Anwar is a Pakistani journalist, writer and former PPP political activist. He belongs to the Bhakral Rajput clan of Kashmir. He was born in Kallar Syedan Tehsil of Rawalpindi and got his education in Gordon College Rawalpindi and Punjab University, Lahore.

Anwar was a student leader during the 1960s and played a role in the students struggle against the dictatorship of the late Ayub Khan. Later, he joined Pakistan People’s Party. He was appointed as an adviser on Students and Labour Affairs in Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's first government (1974–1977). He escaped to Afghanistan after Bhutto was toppled by a right-wing military coup led by Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

In Kabul, Raja Anwar joined Bhutto's elder son, Murtaza Bhutto, and joined the newly formed Al-Zulfiqar Organization (AZO), a leftist organization made up of PPP jialas who fled to Afghanistan after 1977’s coup. AZO was committed to toppling the Zia dictatorship. Raja Anwar had a falling out with Murtaza over the latter's controversial terror tactics in the 1980s, and wanted to return to Pakistan and help Murtaza's sister, Benazir Bhutto, in her political struggle against Zia. Anwar however, was imprisoned in a Kabul jail, the Pul-e-Charkhi, but was released in 1985 after Murtaza shifted his operations to Syria. After his release from jail, Raja Anwar went to Germany and lived a life of self-exile with his Afghan wife.

Anwar came to the attention of literary critics for his book Jhootay Roop Ke Darshan, based on his love letters to his girlfriend Kanwal (the daughter of a high rank retired army officer), and her replies, during their tenure of studies at Punjab University from 1970 to 1972. After his return from self-exile to Pakistan, Raja Anwar started writing columns in Urdu newspapers and currently[when?] he is associated with daily Dunya as a columnist. He has also worked as chairman of the Punjab Education Foundation for two consecutive terms from 2008 to 2014 on an honorary basis and did not receive any salary or TA/DA for this work. After his disengagement from the PEF, Raja Anwar has settled in UK with his family.


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  5. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (16 March 2013). "Seminar stresses access to quality education". Retrieved 11 July 2017.