Ashfaq Ahmed

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Ashfaq Ahmed
اشفاق احمد
Born (1925-08-22)22 August 1925
Muktsar, Punjab, British India
Died 7 September 2004(2004-09-07) (aged 79)
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Writer, playwright, intellectual
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Fiction, non-fiction
Subject Literature, philosophy, psychology, socialism
Notable awards


Pride of Performance[2]
Spouse Bano Qudsia
Children Aneeq Ahmed Khan, Anees Ahmed Khan, Aseer Ahmed Khan

Ashfaq Ahmed (Urdu: اشفاق احمد‎; 22 August 1925 – 7 September 2004) was a writer, playwright and broadcaster from Pakistan.[4] He wrote several books in Urdu. His works included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio.[5] He was awarded President's Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz for meritorious services in the field of literature and broadcasting.[6]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born on 22 August 1925 in Muktsar, Punjab, British India,[7][8] into an ethnic Pashtun family of the Momand tribe.[9] He obtained his early education in his native district of Muktsar.[7][8][10] Shortly before independence in 1947, he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Lahore, Punjab.[11] He completed his Masters in Urdu literature from Government College Lahore. Bano Qudsia, his wife and companion in Urdu literary circles, was his classmate at the Government College.[12]


After Partition, when Ahmed arrived at the Walton refugee camp with millions of other migrants, he used to make announcements of directions on a megaphone around the clock for the refugees. Later, he got a job in 'Radio Azad Kashmir', which was established on a truck that used to drive around in various parts of Kashmir. He then got lectureship at Dayal Singh College, Lahore for two years. Whereafter, he went to Rome to join 'Radio Rome' as an Urdu newscaster. He also used to teach Urdu at 'Rome University'. During his stay in Europe, he received diplomas in the Italian and French languages from the 'Sapienza University of Rome|University of Rome' and University of Grenoble, France. He also earned a special training diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University.[11]


He started writing stories in his childhood, which were published in Phool [Flower] magazine. After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango [Story Teller], and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer. He was made editor of the popular Urdu weekly, Lail-o-Nahar [Day and Night], in place of famous poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum by the Government of Pakistan.[4]

In 1962, Ahmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah [The Preacher] which made him immensely popular among the people in towns and villages.[13] He was appointed director of the Markazi Urdu Board in 1966, which was later renamed as Urdu Science Board, a post he held for 29 years.[11] He remained with the board until 1979. He also served as adviser in the Education Ministry during Zia-ul-Haq's regime.[2]

Later years and death[edit]

Ashfaq Ahmed's Grave in Model Town, Lahore

Ahmed, in his later years of life, was greatly inclined towards Sufism.[14] His close association with Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti was also attributed to this tendency. He used to appear in a get together with his fans in PTV program Baithak (The Guest Room) and Zaviya (The Dimension) where he gave swift but satisfying responses to each and every question posed by the youth audience.[4]

On 7 September 2004, Ashfaq Ahmed died of pancreatic cancer. He was laid to rest in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Retrieved 13 March 2016
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  4. ^ a b c "About Ashfaq". Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b, Retrieved 13 March 2016
  6. ^, Retrieved 13 March 2016
  7. ^ a b Iqbal, M 1999, Colours of Loneliness, Oxford University Press, p.391
  8. ^ a b Colours of loneliness. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "The enigma behind the man". The Daily Jang. Retrieved 13 March 2016. , Biography of Ashfaq Ahmed
  10. ^ "Ashfaq Ahmed". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "ASHFAQ AHMED – An Unforgettable Personality". Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "In life, in literature: the Siamese twins". Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  13. ^, Retrieved 13 March 2016
  14. ^ "Ashfaq Ahmed promoted sufism". Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  15. ^, Ashfaq Ahmed, winner of Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award and Pride of Performance Award on website, Retrieved 23 March 2016

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