Pashtun/Afghan origins from father's side and Punjabi from mother's side.
Omer Tarin was born in Peshawar, North-West Pakistan, in March 1967. From his father's side, he is descended from the Tarin Afghan/Pashtun tribe and from his mother's side, from Arabic settlers in the Punjab region of South Asia. His paternal great-grandfather was Khan-sahib Abdul Majid Khan Tarin, OBE (1877_1939) a senior judicial and political figure; and from his maternal side, his ancestors include Sir Sikandar Hyat Khan, KBE (1892-1942), former Governor of Punjab, British India; and Hakim Ahmad Shuja, MBE, SI (1893-1969) a famous poet, writer, and scholar of literature. He has studied at the Burn Hall School, Abbottabad, the Aitchison College, Lahore and the University of the Punjab, Lahore, and also studied and researched in the UK and other countries. He is closely affiliated with the Qadiri-Chishti-Nizami Sufi order of Pakistan and India. He is also an environmental activist and a strong supporter of global peace and nuclear disarmament. His series of 'Peace Haiku' poems have been published separately at various times in Kyoto, Japan.