Zaheer Kashmiri was also known as Peer Dastgeer Zaheer. He was born on 21 August 1919 in Amritsar, but he originally belonged to Kashmir. He did his Masters in English. He started poetry when he was eleven years old. He had reached Lahore before partition. In beginning, he worked for films. In 1959, he started writing a column in Ehsaan daily, under the pseudo name, Majnu. He had been the editor of Sawera. He wrote the story of Teen Phool, a movie that he directed himself. He remained associated with Masawat as well. Azmat-E-Aadam, Taghazzul, Chiragh-E-Aakhir-E-Shab, Raqse Junuun andAuraaq-E-Musawwir are collections of his poetry. He passed away on 12 December 1994 in Lahore.
Given below is a couplet written by Zaheer Kashmiri
Aah yeh mehki hui shamen yeh logon ke hujum,
dil ko kuch biiti hui tanhayian yaad aa gaiin
Sigh these fragrant evenings, these crowds of people
The heart remembered some lonely times.