Intizar Hussain

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Intizar Hussain
Born (1923-12-07)7 December 1923
Dibai, British India
Died 12 February 2016(2016-02-12) (aged 92)
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Writer, Poet
Language Urdu
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Meerut College

Intizar Hussain (Urdu: انتظار حسین‎; December 7, 1923 – February 2, 2016) was a Pakistani Urdu writer of novels, short stories, poetry and nonfiction. He is widely recognised as a leading literary figure of Pakistan.[1][2]


Hussain was born in Dibai, Bulandshahr, India in 1923, and migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He gained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Urdu literature at Meerut College.[1]

He wrote short stories, novels and poetry in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English.[1][2] The Seventh Door, Leaves and Basti are among his books that have been translated into English. His other writings include Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Agay Samander hai, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka Tales, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye.[2][3]

In 2007, Hussain received the Pakistani civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and shortly after received a lifetime achievement award at the Lahore Literary Festival.[4] In September 2014, Hussain was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.[5][6] On February 2, 2016 he died at National Hospital, DHA at Lahore on 2:45 p.m, after contracting pneumonia.[7][8]


Hussain believed that two forces had risen in contemporary Pakistan: women and the mullahs. He also acknowledged his study and the influence of Buddhist texts and the Mahabharata.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Legendary writer Intizar Hussain passes away". Dawn. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Intizar Hussain, leading Urdu writer, dies aged 92". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Raj, Ali (2 February 2016). "Intizar Hussain – the seller of dreams". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Ahmed, Khaled (6 October 2014). "Silent Type". Newsweek Pakistan. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hommage de Fleur Pellerin, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, à Intizar Hussain" (in French). Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Ahmed, Khaled (31 October 2014). "An escape from ideology". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Chilton, Martin (2 February 2016). "Intizar Hussain, Pakistan's 'greatest fiction writer', dies at 92". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Intizar Hussain: Mourning an Urdu literary icon". BBC News. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Imtiaz, Huma (13 February 2011). "FESTIVAL: The best of Urdu & other Pakistani languages". Dawn. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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