Mumtaz Mufti

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Mumtaz Mufti (writer)
ممتاز مفتی
Born 11 September 1905
Batala, Punjab, British India
Died 27 October 1995 (aged 90)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Occupation Writerلکھاری
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Fiction, sufism
Subject Literature, philosophy, psychology, socialism
Notable works Ali Pur Ka Aeeli, Alakh Nagri, Labbaik, Un Kahi, Talash, Muftianey
Notable awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 1986
Munshi Premchand Award, 1989

Mumtaz Mufti (Urdu: ممتاز مفتی) (September 11, 1905 – October 27, 1995), was a writer from Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

Mumtaz Mufti was born in Batala, Punjab (now in India). He was a son of Muhammad Hussain and his first wife Sughra Khannum. He became a civil servant under British rule and started his career as a school teacher. Soon after partition, he migrated to Pakistan with his family.[1]

As a writer[edit]

Mumtaz Mufti started writing Urdu short stories while working as a school teacher before 1947. In the beginning of his literary career, he was considered, by other literary critics, a non-conformist writer having liberal views, who appeared influenced by Freud. His transformation from Liberalism to Sufism was due to his inspiration from a fellow writer Qudrat Ullah Shahab. All the same, he did manage to retain his individual point of view and wrote on subjects which were frowned upon by the conservative elements in the society.

The two phases of his life are witnessed by his autobiographies, Ali Pur Ka Aeeli and Alakh Nagri. According to forewords mentioned in his later autobiography, Ali Pur Ka Aeeli is an account of a lover who challenged the social taboos of his times, and Alakh Nagri is an account of a devotee who is greatly influenced by the mysticism of Qudrat Ullah Shahab.[2]

Talaash ("Quest") was the last book written by Mumtaz Mufti.[3]



  • Ali Pur Ka Aeeli (Urdu: علی پور کا ایلی) is Mufti's 1961 autobiography describing the first phase of his life. Initially, this book was considered to be a novel but later it was revealed to be roman à clef.[4]
  • Alakh Nagri (Urdu: الکھ نگری) is Mufti's autobiography describing the second phase of his life.
  • Docter ka istemaal
  • Ram Din
  • Un Kahi
  • Chup
  • Guria Ghar
  • Ismaraeen
  • Kahi Na Jai
  • Labbaik (Urdu: لبیک)
  • Muftianey
  • Nizam e Sakaa
  • Roughani Putlay
  • Samay Ka Bandhan
  • Hind Yaatra
  • Piyaaz Ke Chhilkay
  • Okhay Awallay
  • Aur Okhay Log
  • Talash (Urdu: تلاش)


  1. ^, Biography of Mumtaz Mufti, Retrieved 15 Jan 2016
  2. ^, Biography of Mumtaz Mufti, Retrieved 15 Jan 2016
  3. ^, Mumtaz Mufti interviewing folk singer Tufail Niazi on YouTube, Retrieved 15 Jan 2016
  4. ^, 'Ali Pur Ka Aeeli' Book Review article on his book, Retrieved 11 Jan 2016

External links[edit]

  • Obituary, Obituary of Mumtaz Mufti on Dawn newspaper, Karachi, Retrieved 11 Jan 2016