Irfan Husain

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Irfan Husain
Born 5 July 1944
Amritsar, British India
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Journalist, newspaper columnist, Author of Books[1][2][3]
Relatives Akhtar Husain Raipuri, scholar and literary critic (his father)[4]

Irfan Husain (Urdu: عرفان حسین‎) is a Pakistani newspaper columnist and a writer.[1]

He currently writes weekly columns for Dawn newspaper.[1] 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".[5][4]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[4]


After attending primary school in Karachi's St. Patrick's High School,[3] 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.[4]


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.[4]

Husain took early retirement in 1997 to help set up and run the Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP) as its first president.[4]

Throughout his working life, Husain has continued writing, and has been associated with Dawn on a freelance basis since 1991.[4]


Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West, publisher: Arc Manor, 2011. ISBN 978-1604504781.[2][3]

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?"[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Pamela Constable (11 December 2016). "Pakistani birds caught up in international intrigue". The Washington Post (newspaper). Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. 
  3. ^ a b c Ghazi Salahuddin (June 2012). "Book Review: Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West". NewsLine (magazine). Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of journalist Irfan Husain on website Retrieved 25 April 2018
  5. ^ Profile of journalist Irfan Husain on website Retrieved 25 April 2018

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