Famous Authors from Pakistan

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?"

For further information on these historic Pakistani authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Pakistani authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • Muhammad Iqbal
    Persian Psalms, Message from the East, The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
    • Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
    • Birthdate: 11-09-1877
    • Nationality: British Raj
    Sir Muhammad Iqbal (; Urdu: محمد اِقبال‎; 9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), widely known as Allama Iqbal was a poet, philosopher and politician, as well as an academic, barrister and scholar in ...more
  • Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi
    A Short History of Pakistan, Ulema in politics, Afkār o az̲kār
    • Birthplace: Patiala, India
    • Birthdate: 11-20-1903
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, SP, HI, was a Pakistani historian, scholar, writer, and a professor a political history at the Karachi University. An early activist of the historic Pakistan Movement, ...more
  • Abul A'la Maududi
    Islamic Way of Life, Qadiani Problem, Towards Understanding Islam
    • Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
    • Birthdate: 1903
    • Nationality: Pakistan, India
    Syed Abul A'la Maududi (Urdu: ابو الاعلی مودودی‎ – alternative spellings of last name Maudoodi, Mawdudi, also known as Abul Alā Mawdūdī; (1903-09-25)25 September 1903 – (1979-09-22)22 September 1979) ...more
  • Kartar Duggal
    Maiṃ to prema dīwānī, Ikarārāṃ wālī rāta, Merīāṃ sreshaṭa kahāṇīāṃ
    • Birthplace: Rawalpindi District, Pakistan
    • Birthdate: 03-01-1917
    • Nationality: Pakistan, India
    Kartar Singh Duggal (1 March 1917 – 26 January 2012) was an Indian writer who wrote in Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, and English. His works include short stories, novels, dramas and plays. His works have ...more
  • Jagadish Gupta (Bengali: জগদীশ গুপ্ত) (5 July 1886 – 15 April 1957) was an Indian poet, novelist and short story writer. Known for his realistic view of life, strange character portrayal and unique ...more
  • Qurratulain Hyder
    Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar
    • Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
    • Birthdate: 01-20-1927
    • Nationality: India
    Qurratulain Hyder (Urdu: قرّت العین حیدر | Hindi: क़ुर्रत-उल-ऐन हैदर ) (20 January 1927 – 21 August 2007) was an influential Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer, an academic, and a ...more