Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi

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Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi D.Litt. (HC), SI, HI (Urdu: مُشتاق احمد يُوسُفیMuštāq Ẹḥmad Yoūsufi, 4 September 1923 – 20 June 2018)[1] born in Tonk, Rajasthan, India 1923, was a Pakistani satire and humour writer who wrote in Urdu.[2][3] Yousufi also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions.[3] 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.[3][4]

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi
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Native name
مُشتاق احمد يُوسُفی
BornMushtaq Ahmad Yusufi
(1923-09-04)4 September 1923[5]
Tonk, Rajasthan, India
Died20 June 2018(2018-06-20) (aged 94)
Karachi, Pakistan
OccupationBanker, writer (satire and humour)
Notable awards

Early life and career[edit]

Yusufi was born in a learned family of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on 4 September 1923.[3] From his paternal side, he was Pashtun of the Yusufzai clan, while from his maternal side he was a Rajput of the Rathore clan.[6] His father, Abdul Karim Khan Yusufi, was chairman of the Jaipur Municipality, and later Speaker of the Jaipur Legislative Assembly.[3] Yusufi completed his early education in Rajputana and earned BA from Agra University while MA Philosophy and LL.B. from Aligarh Muslim University.[3] 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.[3] In 1974, he became president of United Bank Ltd. In 1977, he became chairman of the Pakistan Banking Council.[3]

He was awarded Quaid-i-Azam Memorial Medal for distinguished services in banking.[3]


His Urdu novel Aab-e-Gum was translated in English as 'Mirages of the Mind' by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad.[7]

Other famous Urdu books of his are Chiragh Talay (چراغ تلے), Khakam Badahan (خاکم بدہن), Zarguzasht (زرگزشت), Sham e Shair Yaran (شام شعر یاراں).[8]

Considering the standard of previous works of Yousafi, Sham e Shair Yaran turned out to be a great disappointment for many Yousafi lovers.[9] Mr Yusufi himself mentioned that he was not satisfied yet with the book but due to his frail health, everyone insisted on having it published on an is basis.

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 in 1961 when Yousufi's first book Chiragh Talay was published. So far 11 editions of this book have appeared. It has a foreword titled 'Pehla 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.[3][5] 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.[10] A major English language daily newspaper in Karachi called him "a wordsmith par excellence".[11]


On 20 June 2018, after a protracted illness he died in Karachi aged 94.[12] On 21 June 2018, he was laid to rest after his funeral prayer was offered in Sultan masjid in DHA, Karachi.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • Chiragh Talay (1961)[3]
  • Khakam-ba-dahan (1969)[3]
  • Zarguzasht (1976)[3]
  • Aab-i-gum (1990)[3][14]
  • Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan (2014)[10][15][16]
  • Zameer Wahid Mutabasum
  • School Master Ka Khwab
  • Shahar Do Qissa
  • Yadsh Bekhairia Aur Dusarey Mazameen
  • Car, Kahli Wala Aur Aladdin Be Chirag
  • Dheeraj Ganj Ka Pehla Yadgar Mushaira
  • Zameer Wahad Mutbasam


  1. ^ ڈیسک, ویب (20 June 2018). "معروف مزاح نگار مشتاق احمد یوسفی انتقال کرگئے". Dawn News Television. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ Zuberi, Nadeem (25 November 2017). "Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi's writings kindle the joy of reading". Business Recorder. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi Famous Humorist". 20 June 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b, Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi's Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 24 March 2002. Retrieved 15 November 2016
  5. ^ a b c, Adamjee Award for 'Best Book' for Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  6. ^ Syed Faizan Raza, "Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi: from Tonk to Karachi", The Friday Times. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  7. ^ Abid, Zehra (15 June 2014). "Book review: Mirages of the Mind – making light of dark times". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi Archives » QuranWaHadith".
  9. ^ "REVIEW: Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaara'n by Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi - Magazines - DAWN.COM". 16 November 2014.
  10. ^ a b, Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi's book launched at a ceremony in 2014, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 18 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  11. ^, An interview with Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi on Dawn newspaper, Published 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  12. ^ "Celebrated humourist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away in Karachi - Pakistan - DAWN.COM". 20 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Mushtaq Yousufi laid to rest". The Express Tribune. APP. 21 June 2018.
  14. ^, A book review of 'Aab-i-gum' (1990) on website. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  15. ^, REVIEW: Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaara’n by Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
  16. ^, Yousufi's world