Ashfaq Ahmed Sufi Writer Playwright & Broadcaster From Pakistan

Ashfaq Ahmed Young Age Picture

Ashfaq Ahmed was born on 22 August 1925 and died on 7 September 2004. He was a writer, playwright, and broadcaster from Pakistan. Ashfaq Ahmed wrote several books in Urdu. His works included novels, short stories, and plays for television and radio. He attained President’s Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz. Ashfaq Ahmed rendered meritorious services in the field of literature and broadcasting.

Ashfaq Ahmed Sufi Writer Playwright & Broadcaster From Pakistan

Early Life:

He was born in Muktsar, Punjab, British India, into an ethnic Pashtun family of the Mohmand tribe. He obtained his early education in his native district of Muktsar. Before independence in 1947, he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Lahore, Punjab. He completed his Masters in Urdu literature from Government College Lahore. His wife Bano Qudsia was his classmate at the Government College.


He arrived at the Walton refugee camp with millions of other migrants. Ashfaq Ahmed used to make announcements of directions on a megaphone for the refugees. Later on, he got a job in ‘Radio Azad Kashmir’. The radio stations established on a truck. He then got lectureship at Dayal Singh College, Lahore for two years. Whereafter, he went to Rome to join ‘Radio Rome’ as an Urdu newscaster. He also used to teach Urdu at ‘Rome University’. During his stay in Europe, he received diplomas in the Italian and French languages from the ‘Sapienza University of Rome|University of Rome’ and the University of Grenoble, France. He also earned a special training diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University.


He started writing stories in his childhood and published in Phool [Flower] magazine. After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly magazine, Dastaango [Story Teller]. He joined Radio Pakistan as a scriptwriter. He was editor of the popular Urdu weekly, Lail-o-Nahar [Day and Night], in place of famous poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum. In 1962, Ahmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah [The Preacher]. He became popular among the people in towns and villages. He became director of the Markazi Urdu Board in 1966. Which was later renamed as Urdu Science Board, a post he held for 29 years. He remained with the board until 1979 later on he served as an adviser in the Education Ministry during Zia-ul-Haq’s regime.

Later Years & Death:

Ashfaq Ahmed inclined towards Sufism in his last years. He was a closed friend Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti due to this tendency. Ashfaq used to appear in a get together with his fans in PTV program Baithak (The Guest Room) and Zaviya (The Dimension). He gave swift but satisfying responses to each question posed by the youth audience. On 7 September 2004, Ashfaq Ahmed died of pancreatic cancer. He in resting in peace at Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

List of Ashfaq Ahmed Books:

  1. Zavia (Zaviya) زاویہ
  2. Aik Mohabbat So Afsanay ایک محبت سو افسانے
  3. Man Chalay Ka Sauda من چلے کا سودا
  4. Baba Sahiba بابا صاحبا
  5. Gadaria: Ujlay Phool گڈریا اجلے پھول
  6. Safar Dar Safar سفر در سفر
  7. Tota Kahani توتا کہانی
  8. Zikr e Shahab زکر شہاب
  9. Hairat Kadah حیرت کدہ
  10. Subhanay Fasanayسبحانے فسانے
  11. Khel Tamasha کھیل تماشا
  12. Ashfaq Ahmed Ka Zavia اشفاق احمد کا زاویہ
  13. Aik Mohabbat Sau Daramay ایک محبت سوڈرامے
  14. Safar e Mena سفر مینا
  15. Uchay Burj Lahore De اُچے برج لاہور دے
  16. Nangay Paon ننگے پاؤں
  17. Aur Daramay اور ڈرامے
  18. Aik Hi Boli: Phulkari ایک ہی بولی پھلکاری
  19. Tilism e Hosh Afza: Science Fiction طلسم ہوش افزا سائنس فکشن
  20. Shahlakot شاہلا کوٹ
  21. Tahli Thalay ٹاہلی تھلے
  22. Khatiya Watiya کھٹیا وٹیا
  23. Mehman Sarai مہمان سرائے
  24. Band Gali بند گلی
  25. Arz e Musannif عرض مصنف
  26. Hasrat e Tameer (Talqeen Shah Series) حسرت تعمیر تلقین شاہ سیریز
  27. Guldan (Talqeen Shah Series) گلدان تلقین شاہ سیریز
  28. Shehr e Arzoo شہر آرزو
  29. Vida e Jang ودائے جنگ
  30. Ashianay (Talqeen Shah Series) آشیانے تلقین شاہ سیریز
  31. Parao (Talqeen Shah Series) پڑاؤ تلقین شاہ سیریز
  32. Aik Zakhm Aur Sahi ایک زخم اور سہی
  33. Asoodigi (Talqeen Shah Series) آسودگی تلقین شاہ سیریز
  34. Aik Aur Dastak ایک اور دستک
  35. Dheenga Mushti (Talqeen Shah Series) دھینگا مشتی تلقین شاہ سیریز
  36. Banda e Zamana (Talqeen Shah Series) بند زمانہ تلقین شاہ سیریز
  37. Jang Bajang (Talqeen Shah Series) جنگ بجنگ تلقین شاہ سیریز
  38. Dhandora (Talqeen Shah Series) ڈھنڈورا تلقین شاہ سیریز
  39. Shora Shori (Talqeen Shah Series) شورا شوری تلقین شاہ سیریز
  40. Zanjeer e Taluq (Talqeen Shah Series) زنجیر تعلق تلقین شاہ سیریز
  41. Mehman e Bahar مہمان بہار


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