Ishtiaq Ahmad (fiction writer)

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Ishtiaq Ahmad
Panipat, India
Died17 November 2015(2015-11-17) (aged 73–74)
Karachi, Pakistan
OccupationNovelist, Editor, Regular Columnist at Weekly Zarb-e-Momin
GenreSpy fiction, suspense thriller novels[1]
SubjectPatriotism, Islam related topics in his writings
Literary movementinfluenced by Urdu fiction writer Ibn-e-Safi[1]
Notable worksSunehri Chatan, Jazeeray Ka Samandar, Dairay Ka Samanadar, Jeraal Series, Duniya ke us Paar, Sone ka Jahaaz

Ishtiaq Ahmad (اﺸﺘﻴﺎﻖ اﺤﻤﺩ in Urdu), (1941 – 17 November 2015) was a Pakistani fiction writer famous for his spy and detective novels in the Urdu language.[2]


Aik Arab Dollars Ka Mansuba

Chuhay Daan

Jinn Boss

Waadi e Marjaan

Dusri Khala

File Number 119

Batooma Kay Shaitaan

Sonay Ka Ghoda

Jazeeray Ka Samundar

Daldal Ka Samundar
اڑن طشتری کا تجربہ


He started his career by writing short stories for children and then wrote his first novel in 1973. He was at his peak of popularity in the 1970s to 1990s when paper printed novels were most read. He was famous due to his Inspector Jamshed novels, Inspector Kamran Mirza novels, and Shoki Brothers novels, and sometimes a combination of all three [1] As of 2014, he was an editor of the magazine Bachon ka islam (novel for children) and writing novels for Atlantis Publications, Karachi. Ishtiaq Ahmed was among the first to write Urdu fiction for children in Pakistan.[1]

His most famous novels include Sunehri Chatan, Jazeeray Ka Samandar, Dairay Ka Samanadar, Jeraal Series, Duniya ke us Paar, Sone ka Jahaaz

Ahmad has authored hundreds of suspense thriller novels in Urdu for children which include characters such as Inspector Jamshed, Inspector Kamran Mirza as well as the Shoki brothers.[1] He had written nearly 800 spy and detective novels during his writing career.[2]


He died on 17 November 2015 at Karachi International Airport on his way back to Lahore. He was waiting to board a plane after attending Karachi International Book Fair held at Karachi Expo Centre. His cause of death was a serious Heart Attack. Among his survivors were his wife, five sons and three daughters.[2]He is buried in his hometown jhang.


  1. ^ a b c d e Farrukh Kamrani (21 November 2015). "The lost world of Ishtiaq Ahmed". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Renowned novelist Ishtiaq Ahmed passes away at 74". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 17 November 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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