Ishtiaq Ahmad (fiction writer)
|Died||17 November 2015 (aged 73–74)|
|Occupation||Novelist, Editor, Regular Columnist at Weekly Zarb-e-Momin|
|Genre||Spy fiction, suspense thriller novels|
|Subject||Patriotism, Islam related topics in his writings|
|Literary movement||influenced by Urdu fiction writer Ibn-e-Safi|
|Notable works||Sunehri Chatan, Jazeeray Ka Samandar, Dairay Ka Samanadar, Jeraal Series, Duniya ke us Paar, Sone ka Jahaaz|
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  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.
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. He had written nearly 800 spy and detective novels during his writing career.
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.
- Farrukh Kamrani (21 November 2015). "The lost world of Ishtiaq Ahmed". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "Renowned novelist Ishtiaq Ahmed passes away at 74". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 17 November 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.