Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi

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Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi
مُشتاق احمد يُوسُفی
Born Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi
(1923-09-04)4 September 1923[1]
Tonk, Rajasthan, India 1923,belongs to pathan family Yousafzai tribe migrated with Mehmood Ghaznavi
Died 20 June 2018(2018-06-20) (aged 94)
Karachi, Pakistan
Occupation Banker, Satire and Humour writer
Nationality Pakistani

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi D.Litt. (HC), SI, HI (Urdu: مُشتاق احمد يُوسُفی‎ – Muštāq Ẹḥmad Yoūsufzai, 4 September 1923 – 20 June 2018[2]) born in Tonk, Rajasthan, India 1923, belongs to pathan family Yousafzai tribe migrated with Mehmood Ghaznavi was a Pakistani satire and humour writer who wrote in Urdu.[3][4] Yousufi also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions.[4] He received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award in 1999 and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, the highest literary honour given by the Government of Pakistan.[4][5]

Early life and career[edit]

Yusufi was born in a learned family of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on 4 September 1923.[4] His father Abdul Karim Khan Yusufi was chairman of the Jaipur Municipality, and later Speaker of the Jaipur Legislative Assembly.[4] Yusufi completed his early education in Rajputana and earned B.A. from Agra University while M.A. Philosophy and LL.B from Aligarh Muslim University.[4] After the partition of India and formation of Pakistan, his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan.

He joined Muslim Commercial Bank in 1950, became deputy general manager. Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi Joined Allied Bank Ltd in 1965 as managing director.[4] In 1974, he became president of United Bank Ltd. In 1977, he became chairman of the Pakistan Banking Council.[4] He was awarded Quaid-i-Azam Memorial Medal for distinguished services in banking.[4]


His Urdu novel Aab-e-Gum was translated in English as 'Mirages of the Mind' by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad.[6]

Contemporary comments[edit]

Ibn-e-Insha, himself an Urdu satirist and humorist, wrote about Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi: "...if ever we could give a name to the literary humour of our time, then the only name that comes to mind is that of Yusufi!" Another scholar, Dr Zaheer Fatehpuri, wrote, "We are living in the 'Yousufi era' of Urdu literary humour..." The Yousufi era started from 1961 when Yousufi's first book Chiragh Talay was published. So far 11 editions of this book have appeared. It has a foreword titled 'Pahla pathhar' written by the author himself plus 12 satirical and humorous articles. In 2008, he was living in Karachi and often appeared on TV programmes as well as seminars.[4][1] His fifth book Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaaran (2014) was launched at the Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi in 2014 at a ceremony presided over by a well-known writer Zehra Nigah who said at the event, "Neither Yousufi sahib, nor any of his books will ever get old". Another distinguished writer from Pakistan, Iftikhar Arif, also spoke on this occasion.[7] A major English language daily newspaper in Karachi called him "a wordsmith par excellence".[8]


On 20 June 2018, after a protracted illness he died in Karachi aged 94.[9] On 21 June 2018, he was laid to rest after his funeral prayer was offered in Sultan masjid in DHA, Karachi.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • Chiragh Talay (1961)[4]
  • Khakam-ba-dahan (1969)[4]
  • Zarguzasht (1976)[4]
  • Aab-i-gum (1990)[4][11]
  • Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan (2014)[7][12][13]

See also[edit]

  • Dr. Mohammad Tahir (Alig) of Shibli National College, in Azamgarh, has written a book 'Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi Ki Adabi Khidmat' in 2002
  • List of Pakistani writers


  1. ^ a b c, Adamjee Award for 'Best Book' for Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Retrieved 16 Nov 2016
  2. ^ ڈیسک, ویب (2018-06-20). "معروف مزاح نگار مشتاق احمد یوسفی انتقال کرگئے". Dawn News Television. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  3. ^ Zuberi, Nadeem (25 November 2017). "Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi's writings kindle the joy of reading". Business Recorder. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi Famous Humorist". 2009-06-20. Retrieved 15 Nov 2016. 
  5. ^ a b, Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi's Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 24 March 2002, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016
  6. ^ Abid, Zehra (15 June 2014). "Book review: Mirages of the Mind - making light of dark times". Express Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  7. ^ a b, Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi's book launched at a ceremony in 2014, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 18 Oct 2014, Retrieved 16 Nov 2016
  8. ^, An interview with Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi on Dawn newspaper, Published 16 Nov 2014, Retrieved 16 Nov 2016
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  10. ^ "Mushtaq Yousufi laid to rest". Express Tribune. APP. 21 June 2018. 
  11. ^, A book review of 'Aab-i-gum' (1990) on website, Retrieved 16 Nov 2016
  12. ^, REVIEW: Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaara’n by Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
  13. ^, Yousufi's world

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