Ashfaq Ahmed: Biography and Books Details

Ashfaq Ahmed is a unique figure in Urdu writing in Pakistan. His work is well-admired among the gathering of all other Urdu writers. His writings are sincere, sensible, thought-provoking, religious, and humorous. Ashfaq Ahmed is a writer, broadcaster, and playwright as well. He has written many books in Urdu.

In Urdu further, his work is divided into different fields like short stories, novels, and plays that he wrote for television and radio. He has also received many awards due to his golden writings.

Ashfaq Ahmed married Bano Qudsia. She was also a famous writer known as Aapa in the literary circle.

Early Life

Ashfaq Ahmed was born on 22nd August 1925 in Firo22nd Augustwned India. He belongs to an ethnic community of the Pashtuns. His Pashtuns tribe is known as Mohmand Tribe. He got his early education from his native village in the district of Muktsar. But after the partition of the Subcontinent, his family decided to migrate to Pakistan.

He chose Lahore as a residing city. Lahore is a major city in Pakistan, and it is a famous city for literary activities. If you go through the short life histories of all prominent writers of Pakistan, you will find that most of them have spent their whole or some part of their lives in Lahore city.

He was admitted to Government College Lahore, where he earned his master’s degree in Urdu literature. Bano Qudsiya, with whom he married later, is also his class fellow in Government College.


At the time of partition, Ashfaq Ahmed was very young, so he involved himself in the welfare activities for the refugees. He provided his services for directing announcements to help the migrants. Later after the partition, Ashfaq Ahmed started his early career doing a job on a radio bus that used to move into different areas of Kashmir. But then, after completing his education, he began teaching as a lecturer at Dial Singh College, Lahore.

He taught here in this college for two years. Later, Ashfaq Ahmed went to Rome, Italy, where he performed his duties as an Urdu newscaster.

Furthermore, he also attached himself to Rome University, where he taught Urdu as a teacher. While residing in Europe, Ashfaq Ahmad earned diplomas in Italian and French from the Sapienza University of Rome to enhance his linguistic proficiency.

Further, he also got a diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University, adding different qualities to his personality.


Ashfaq Ahmed attached himself to literary activities from his early childhood. He started his writing skills with the Phool Magzine. After returning from Europe, he formally participated in his field when he began his monthly literary magazine, “Dastaango,” which means storyteller. Ashfaq Ahmad also joined Radio of Pakistan as a scriptwriter. He also acted as an editor of a well-known Urdu weekly, “Lail-o-Nihar” (day and night). He also used the name Talqeen Shah for his programs.

Last Years

In previous years, Ashfaq Ahmed moved to Sufism and spiritual activities. He turned his association the inclined personalities to Sufism like Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti. Ashfaq Ahmed died on 7th September 2004 due to pancreatic September laid to rest in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan.


Ashfaq Ahmed received many awards. Some of the prominent awards are the following.

  • Pride of Performance Award (1979)
  • Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award

Ashfaq Ahmed Books List/ Literary Work

Ashfaq Ahmad wrote many novels, short stories, and dramas. You can read the below-mentioned books or view them by clicking on them.

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