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15 February 1965 |
|Pen name||Khakan Sajid|
|Genre||Romance, mystery, horror, and realism|
He was born on 15 February 1965 at Wah, a small town near the capital city of Islamabad, where his father Mirza Muhammad Saleem served as Railways Station Master. He acquired his early education at Malikwal and Sargodha. He joined Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul as a junior cadet in November 1980. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army (Corps of Signals) as a second lieutenant in September 1984. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Telecommunications from MCS, a constituent college of NUST Islamabad,in 1990. He has also remained on the faculty of MCS.He retired as Colonel in September 2012 and was awarded SITARA-E-IMTIAZ( Star of Distinguished Service) in recognition of meritorious service.
Sajid began writing short stories during his school days. His first story was published in February 1984 in a popular Urdu short story magazine, Moon Digest. His genres include romance, realism, mystery and horror, sometimes all mixed in a single work. His best selling novel Champoon (2007), is the best example of his writing style. He has also published a collection of horror stories, titled Wahoosh (2006). A book containing his short stories has been published in 2008 under the title Adamzad. In addition to writing original stories he has translated literary works of various Nobel Laureates and renowned American, English, Russian and French short story writers, into the Urdu language. These translations have been published in four volumes. He has also been writing an Urdu column titled "Chae-pe-baat" ("Conversation over a Cup of Tea") in an Urdu daily, Roznama Pakistan, in 2009. Now he writes an Urdu column titled" Daman-e-Koh" in the same newspaper. His other hobbies include painting, drawing cartoons, calligraphy and compering. Sajid is married and has two daughters. He resides in the twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad.
List of books
- Wahoosh ("The Animals") (horror stories)
- Champoon ("Flower") (novel)
- Adamzad "Sons of Adam") (short stories)
- Shahkar Aalmi Afsanay (translated short stories)
- Behtreen Afsanay (translated short stories)
- Nobel Inam Yafta Mussanfeen K Shahkar Afsanay (translated works of Nobel laureates)
- Nobel Inam Yafta Mussanfeen K Yadgar Afsanay (translated works of Nobel laureates)