Intizar Hussain

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Intizar Hussain (Urdu:انتظار حسین) is a renowned Pakistani Urdu fiction writer. He is recognized as a living-legend in Pakistan.[1][2][3]


Intizar Hussain was born on December 7, 1923 in Dibai, Bulandshahr, India, and migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He gained a master's degree in Urdu. He wanted to do Master's in English literature also but could not do.[4] He writes short stories and novels in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English. Some of his Urdu columns are archived at

He has received many awards in Pakistan, India and the Middle East, and has also been nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.[5] The Seventh Door and Leaves are among his books translated into English. He has translated works from English to Urdu. His writings include "Basti", "Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat", "Agay Samander hai", "Shehr-e-Afsos", "Jataka Tales", "Janam Kahanian" and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye". He received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Lahore Literary Festival in 2012. Intizar Hussain has been included in finalists of Man Booker International prize 2013.On 20 September 2014 Hussain was awarded French civil award Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[6]


Hussain believes that two forces have risen in contemporary Pakistan: women and the mullahs. He also acknowledged his study and influence of the Buddhist texts and the Mahabharata.[7]


Intizar Hussain is one of those legends who got appreciation and recognition in his life. on Saturday, December, 7th 2013, Pakistani news channel Geo [8] celebrated his birthday,[9]" on TV screens.