|Born||5 July 1944
Amritsar, British India
|Occupation||Journalist, newspaper columnist, Author of Books|
|Relatives||Akhtar Husain Raipuri, scholar and literary critic (his father)|
He currently writes weekly columns for Dawn newspaper. Husain has been writing on a wide range of subjects for newspapers in Pakistan and elsewhere since 1970. As a civil servant, he used a number of pseudonyms, including "Mazdak".
Born in Amritsar, British India, in 1944, Husain migrated to the newly created state of Pakistan with his parents in 1947. His father, Dr Akhtar Husain Raipuri, was a Sanskrit scholar, a literary critic, and a short-story writer who received his PhD from Sorbonne University. His mother, Hameeda, was a writer as well, beginning her literary career late in life, after her husband's death in 1992.
After attending primary school in Karachi's St. Patrick's High School, Husain spent three years studying at a high school in Paris. Returning to Pakistan, Husain finished his high school studies in Karachi, and went to Turkey on a scholarship to study chemical engineering at the Middle East Technical University. He left after a year. Returning to Karachi, he joined Karachi University where he completed a master's degree in economics in 1967.
Immediately after graduating in 1967, Husain joined Pakistan's civil service where he remained for the next 30 years, working in a wide variety of jobs, ranging from being on Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's speech-writing team in the mid-1970s to being posted as Information minister at Pakistan's embassy in Washington during Benazir Bhutto's first government in 1989–90.
The above book is about the post-9/11 world and tries to answer the often asked question by Americans, "Why do they hate us?"
- Pamela Constable (11 December 2016). "Pakistani birds caught up in international intrigue". The Washington Post (newspaper). Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Shaheryar Mirza (27 March 2012). "Pakistan, Islam and the West: Get mad, says Irfan Husain, but at the atrocities at home first". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Ghazi Salahuddin (June 2012). "Book Review: Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West". NewsLine (magazine). Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Profile of journalist Irfan Husain on urduyouthforum.org website Retrieved 25 April 2018
- Profile of journalist Irfan Husain on google.com website Retrieved 25 April 2018