Abdul Hameed (writer)

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Abdul Hameed
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BornAbdul Hameed
Amritsar, British India
Died29 April 2011 (aged 83)
Lahore, Pakistan
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, playwright and broadcaster
Literary movementProgressive Writers' Movement
Notable worksAmbar, Naag & Maria, Tahly Thallay (TV serial), Ainak Wala Jin (1993) (A TV serial for children)
Notable awardsPride of Performance Award in 1997
Years active1955–2011

Abdul Hameed (Urdu: اے۔ حمید-‎; 1928 – 29 April 2011) was an Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan. He was also known for writing a popular children's TV play Ainak Wala Jin (1993) for Pakistan Television Corporation which was broadcast on PTV during the mid-1990s. In 1997, he was awarded Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan.


Early life and education[edit]

Hameed was born in 1928 in Amritsar, British India.[1][2] He completed his high school education in Amritsar and migrated to Lahore after the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and finished some college education in Pakistan as a private candidate and joined Radio Pakistan, Lahore as an assistant script editor.[3] After working at Radio Pakistan for several years, he started writing fiction book.[1][4]


Hameed's first collection of short stories 'Manzil Manzil' received popular acclaim and he became recognized romantic short story writer.[5] Apart from writing short stories and novels, he wrote columns for national newspapers. He also wrote plays for radio and television.[3]

Hameed has written more than 200 novels and 100 books on fiction and children's literature.[6][1] In his youth, he was influenced by the Progressive Writers' Movement and especially by the writings of Krishan Chander.[5] Urdu She'r Ki Dastan, Urdu Nasr ki Dastan (in which he has given information about the prose literature of many Urdu prose writers from Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz to the recent prose writers of Deccan and Gujrat), Mirza Ghalib Lahore Mein and Dastango Ashfaq Ahmad are his most famous books.[1][2]

His drama Ainak Wala Jin was popular with children which was aired on PTV during the mid-1990s.[6][3][1] In 1996 he wrote a PTV documentary telefilm Operation Dwarka 1965. Moreover, his fantasy series of 100 novels for children known as the Ambar Naag Maria (series of books) increased his popularity.[6] He was awarded Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan.[1] He the author of a Series named Mout Ke Taaqob Mia Pursuing the Death this series have three hundred episodes

Famous Novels[edit]

  • Atoon Series_ Ahram E Misar Say Farar
  • Baharat Kay Firon (Bharti Dehshatgard)
  • Baharat Kay Firon (Khufia Mission)
  • Watan Kay Sarfarosh (Yalghar e Momin)
  • Watan Kay Sarfarosh (Secret Agent)
  • Gulistan e Adab Ki Sunehri Yadain
  • Urdu Safarnam Paris Ki Sunehri Raatein]
  • Peela Uddas Chand
  • Rangoon Say Farar
  • Veeran Gali Mai Larki
  • Jab Dhaka Jal Raha Tha


Abdul Hameed died of cardiac disease, diabetes and kidney problems on 29 April 2011 at the age of 83.[6][3][1] His funeral was attended by many fellow writers including Ata ul Haq Qasmi and the veteran journalist Mujibur Rehman Shami.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "A Hameed's silence". Pakistan Today. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Profile of Abdul Hameed (writer) on lahore.city-history.com website Published 29 April 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2020
  3. ^ a b c d "'Ainak wala jin' creator A Hameed passes away". The Express Tribune. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.thefridaytimes.com/13052011/page20.shtml Archived 25 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Profile of Abdul Hameed (writer) on The Friday Times newspaper, Published 13 May 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016
  5. ^ a b COLUMN: The romantic period Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 August 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2020
  6. ^ a b c d e Renowned fiction writer A. Hameed laid to rest Dawn (newspaper), Published 29 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2020