Zahida Hina

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Zahida Hina
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Writer, Journalist, Columnist, Dramatist
Spouse(s) Jon Elia

Zahida Hina (Urdu: زاہدہ حنا) is a noted Urdu columnist, essayist, short story writer, novelist and dramatist from Pakistan.


Zahida was born in the India, after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, her father, Muhammad Abul Khair, emigrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, where Zahida was brought up and educated. She wrote her first story when she was nine years old. She graduated from University of Karachi, and her first essay was published in the monthly Insha in 1962. She chose journalism as a career in mid 60s. In 1970, she married the well-known poet Jon Elia. Zahida Hina was associated with the daily Jang from 1988 until 2005, when she moved to the Daily Express, Pakistan. She now lives in Karachi. Hina has also worked for Radio Pakistan, BBC Urdu and Voice of America.

Since 2006, she has written a weekly column, Pakistan Diary in Rasrang, the Sunday magazine of India's largest read Hindi newspaper, Dainik Bhaskar.


Zahida Hina has written more than two thousand journalistic articles. Many of her short stories have been translated into English, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. Some of her important titles include:

  • Qaidi sans leta hai (collection of short stories)
  • Titlian dhondhne wali (collections of stories)
  • Raqs-i-bismil hai (collections of stories)
  • Rah main ajal hai (collection of short stories)
  • Na junoon raha na pari rahi (short novel)
  • Dard ka Shajar (Novel)
  • Dard-e-Ashob (Novel)
  • Zard Paton ka ban (TV Drama)

She is known critic of nuclear technology for any purpose (military or civilian).


  • Faiz Award
  • Literary Performance Award
  • Saghir Siddiqui Adabi Award
  • K. P. Award
  • Sindh Speaker Award
  • SAARC Literary Award

In August 2006, she was nominated for Pakistan's highest award, the Presidential Award Pride of Performance, which she declined as a mark of protest against the military government in Pakistan [1]

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