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Famous Authors from Pakistan

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List of the most popular authors from Pakistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Pakistani authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Pakistani writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

A list made up of authors like Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli and Sayed Zahid Hussain.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Pakistan?" and "Who are the best Pakistani authors?"

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  • 1
    Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Muhammad Iqbal

    Persian Psalms, Message from the East

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    Birthdate1877-11-09

    NationalityBritish Raj

    Sir Muhammad Iqbal (; Urdu: محمد اِقبال‎; 9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), widely known as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #853 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#7 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

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    Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi

    A Short History of Pakistan, Ulema in politics

    BirthplacePatiala, India

    Birthdate1903-11-20

    NationalityPakistan

    Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, SP, HI, was a Pakistani historian, scholar, writer, and a professor a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Abul A'la Maududi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Abul A'la Maududi

    Islamic Way of Life, Qadiani Problem

    BirthplaceAurangabad, India

    Birthdate1903

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Syed Abul A'la Maududi (Urdu: ابو الاعلی مودودی‎ – alternative spellings of last name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Kartar Duggal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Kartar Duggal

    Maiṃ to prema dīwānī, Ikarārāṃ wālī rāta

    BirthplaceRawalpindi District, Pakistan

    Birthdate1917-03-01

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Kartar Singh Duggal (1 March 1917 – 26 January 2012) was an Indian writer who wrote in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Jagadish Gupta (Bengali: জগদীশ গুপ্ত) (5 July 1886 – 15 April 1957) was an Indian poet,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Qurratulain Hyder

    Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

    BirthplaceAligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

    Birthdate1927-01-20

    NationalityIndia

    Qurratulain Hyder (Urdu: قرّت العین حیدر | Hindi: क़ुर्रत-उल-ऐन हैदर ) (20 January 1927 –... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi

    The bride's mirror

    Birthdate1836

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Deputy” Nazir Ahmad, was an Urdu novel writer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    BirthplaceHala, Sindh, Pakistan

    Birthdate1689

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (also referred to by the honorifics: Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Syed Sajjad Zaheer (Urdu: سید سجاد ظہیر‎) (5 November 1899 – 13 September 1973) was an Urdu... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Josh Malihabadi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Josh Malihabadi (Urdu: جوش ملیح آبادی‎) (born as Shabbir Hasan Khan; شبیر حسن خان) (5 December... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Altaf Fatima

    The one who did not ask

    BirthplaceLucknow, India

    Birthdate1929-01-01

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Altaf Fatima (Urdu: الطاف فاطمہ‎; 10 June 1927 – 29 November 2018) was a Pakistani Urdu... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Ahmad Abdullāh al- Masdūsī (Arabic: احمد عبدالله المسدوسى‎) was a Pakistani activist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Jagan Nath Azad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Jagan Nath Azad (5 December 1918 – 24 July 2004) was an Indian Urdu poet, writer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Ashraf Ali Thanwi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Ashraf Ali Thanwi

    Perfecting Women

    BirthplaceThana Bhawan, India

    Birthdate1863

    NationalityPakistan, India

    Muhammad Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi (August 19, 1863 [05 Rabi' al-Thani 1280 AH]) – July 4, 1943 [17... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Faqir Abdul Raheem Garhori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Abdul Raheem Garhori (Sindhi: مخدوم عبد الرحيم گرهوڙي‎) was a Sufi saint and poet of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Abid Ali Abid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
    Abid Ali Abid (Urdu/Persian: سید عابد علی عابد) was an Urdu and Persian poet and educator who... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Faiz Ahmed Faiz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    The rebel's silhouette, The True Subject

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    Birthdate1911-02-13

    NationalityPakistan

    Faiz Ahmad Faiz MBE, NI (Urdu: فَیض احمد فَیض ‎), (13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Hanif Kureishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Hanif Kureishi

    The Buddha of Suburbia, Intimacy

    BirthplaceBromley, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1954-12-05

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Hanif Kureishi, CBE (born 5 December 1954) is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tariq Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Tariq Ali

    An Indian dynasty, Pakistan

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan

    Birthdate1943-10-21

    NationalityPakistan, United Kingdom

    Tariq Ali Khan (; Urdu: طارق علی‎; born 21 October 1943) is a British political activist,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #91 of 106 The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time#2 of 242 180+ Atheist Authors and Journalists

  • 20
    Saadat Hasan Manto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Saadat Hasan Manto

    Stars from another sky, Kulliyāt-i Manṭo

    BirthplaceSamrala, India

    Birthdate1912

    NationalityPakistan

    Saadat Hasan Manto (; Urdu: سعادت حسن منٹو‎, pronounced [sa'ādat 'hasan 'maṅṭō]; 11 May 1912 –... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Benazir Bhutto

    Benazir Bhutto defends herself, Issues in Pakistan

    BirthplaceKarachi, Pakistan

    Birthdate1953-06-21

    NationalityPakistan

    Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀُٽو‎; Urdu: [beːnəˈziːr ˈbʱʊʈ.ʈoː]; 21 June 1953 – 27 December... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #285 of 350 The Most Important Leaders In World History#505 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    Muhammad Zafrulla Khan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Muhammad Zafrulla Khan

    The forgotten years, Ahmadiyyat

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    Birthdate1893-02-06

    NationalityCanada, Pakistan

    Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (Urdu: محمد ظفر اللہ خان‎‎; 6 February 1893 – 1 September... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ayub Khan-Din is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Ayub Khan-Din

    Rafta, Rafta...

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1961-01-01

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Altaf Gauhar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Altaf Gauhar

    Arab petrodollars, Taḥrīren̲ cand

    BirthplacePakistan, Eurasia, Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan

    Birthdate1923

    NationalityPakistan

    Altaf Gauhar was a civil servant, journalist, poet, and writer from Pakistan. He was born in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Akhtar Hameed Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

    Akhtar Hameed Khan

    Four rural development programmes, Rural development in East Pakistan

    BirthplaceAgra, India

    Birthdate1914-07-15

    NationalityBangladesh, Pakistan

    Akhter Hameed Khan (Urdu: اختر حمید خان‎, pronounced [ˈəxt̪ər ɦəˈmiːd̪ ˈxaːn]; 15 July 1914 –... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
AuthorsWritersPakistan