Faraz, who has been compared with Faiz Ahmad Faiz, holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a simplicity to his style of writing. Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at the Peshawar University and later began to teach there.
Outspoken about politics, he went into self-imposed exile during the Zia-ul-Haq era after he was arrested for reciting certain poems at a Mushaira criticizing the military rule. He stayed for 6 years in Britain, Canada and Europe before returning to Pakistan, where he was initially appointed Chairman Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years.
He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, in recognition of his literary achievements. He returned the award in 2006 after becoming disenchanted with the Pakistani government and its policies.