Obaidullah Aleem was a famous modern poet of Urdu language. He is ranked among the best Ghazal writers of modern times.
He was born in 1939 in Bhopal – India. His father lived in Sialkot and was from the Butt family. He passed in MA Urdu from Karachi University.
He began work as a radio producer, and then as producer for Karachi Television in 1967. He first married to Nigar Yasmin in 1970 and in late 90’s he married to Tehseen Fatima. In 1974 his first book of poetry Chand chehra sitara ankhhen was published. In 1978, he was forced to resign from his job following an edict issued against him. His book of poetry received the highest award in literature in Pakistan Adamji Prize. He wrote an article ‘Khurshid missal shakhs’ in memory of Khalifatul Masih III in 1982. His second collection of poetry Viran saray ka diya was published in 1986. He came to England in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 and in 1997. In March of this year he suffered a severe heart attack in Rabwah and was treated in Fazl – E – Omer Hospital for a few days. He returned to his residence at Nazimabad no 4. In Karachi. In comparatively good health. Aleem died from heart failure, following a second heart attack.