Famous Authors from Pakistan

Updated August 30, 2019 40.7k views 258 items

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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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Persian Psalms, Message from the East, The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam

Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1877-11-09

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

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Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
A Short History of Pakistan, Ulema in politics, Afkār o az̲kār

Birthplace: Patiala, India

Birthdate: 1903-11-20

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Islamic Way of Life, Qadiani Problem, Towards Understanding Islam

Birthplace: Aurangabad, India

Birthdate: 1903-09-25

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 ...more
Kartar Duggal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Maiṃ to prema dīwānī, Ikarārāṃ wālī rāta, Merīāṃ sreshaṭa kahāṇīāṃ

Birthplace: Rawalpindi District, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1917-03-01

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 ...more
Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Kushtia District, Bangladesh

Birthdate: 1886-07-01

Nationality: Bangladesh, Pakistan, India

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 ...more
Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Birthdate: 1927-01-20

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
Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The bride's mirror

Birthdate: 1836-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Deputy” Nazir Ahmad, was an Urdu novel writer, social and religious reformer, and prolific orator active in circa 1850s onwards.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Shah Jo Risalo

Birthplace: Hala, Sindh, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1689-11-18

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (also referred to by the honorifics: Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot, Bhittai, and Bhitt Jo Shah) (18 November 1689 – 1 January 1752) (Sindhi: شاه عبداللطيف ڀٽائي‎, Urdu: شاہ ...more
Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Lucknow, India

Birthdate: 1905-11-05

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Syed Sajjad Zaheer (Urdu: سید سجاد ظہیر‎) (5 November 1899 – 13 September 1973) was an Urdu writer, Marxist ideologue and radical revolutionary who worked in both India and Pakistan. In the ...more
Josh Malihabadi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Malihabad, India

Birthdate: 1894-12-05

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Josh Malihabadi (Urdu: جوش ملیح آبادی‎) (born as Shabbir Hasan Khan; شبیر حسن خان) (5 December 1898 – 22 February 1982) popularly known as Shayar-e-Inquilab(poet of revolution) is regarded as ...more
Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The one who did not ask

Birthplace: Lucknow, India

Birthdate: 1929-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Altaf Fatima (Urdu: الطاف فاطمہ‎; 10 June 1927 – 29 November 2018) was a Pakistani Urdu novelist, short story writer, and teacher (specializing in Muhammad Iqbal). Born in Lucknow, she moved to ...more
Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Mahbubnagar, India

Birthdate: 1905-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Ahmad Abdullāh al- Masdūsī (Arabic: احمد عبدالله المسدوسى‎) was a Pakistani activist and lawyer. He was very active in social welfare, and community improvement activities. He joined ...more
Jagan Nath Azad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Isakhel, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1918-12-05

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Jagan Nath Azad (5 December 1918 – 24 July 2004) was an Indian Urdu poet, writer and academician. He wrote over 70 books, including poetry collections, poems, biographies, and travelogues. He ...more
Ashraf Ali Thanwi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Perfecting Women

Birthplace: Thana Bhawan, India

Birthdate: 1863-08-19

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Muhammad Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi (August 19, 1863 [05 Rabi' al-Thani 1280 AH]) – July 4, 1943 [17 Rajab 1362 AH]) (Urdu: مولانا اشرف علی تھانوی) was an Indian Islamic scholar of the Deobandi school ...more
Faqir Abdul Raheem Garho... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthplace: Ranipur, Pakistan, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1739-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Abdul Raheem Garhori (Sindhi: مخدوم عبد الرحيم گرهوڙي‎) was a Sufi saint and poet of the Sindh. He belonged to the Mangrio-family and his father's name was Sadullah Mangrio.
Abid Ali Abid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan

Birthdate: 1906-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, India

Abid Ali Abid (Urdu/Persian: سید عابد علی عابد) was an Urdu and Persian poet and educator who was born on 17 September 1906 in Dera Ismail Khan, British India and died in Lahore, Pakistan on 20 ...more
Faiz Ahmed Faiz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The rebel's silhouette, The True Subject, Shām-i shahr-i yārān̲

Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1911-02-13

Nationality: Pakistan

Faiz Ahmad Faiz MBE, NI (Urdu: فَیض احمد فَیض ‎), (13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984) was a Pakistani leftist poet and author, and one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language. ...more
Hanif Kureishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The Buddha of Suburbia, Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic

Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1954-12-05

Nationality: United Kingdom

Hanif Kureishi, CBE (born 5 December 1954) is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani and English descent. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of ...more
Tariq Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
An Indian dynasty, Pakistan, The American Effect

Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1943-10-21

Nationality: Pakistan, United Kingdom

Tariq Ali Khan (; Urdu: طارق علی‎; born 21 October 1943) is a British political activist, writer, journalist, historian, filmmaker, and public intellectual. He is a member of the editorial ...more
Saadat Hasan Manto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Stars from another sky, Kulliyāt-i Manṭo, Manṭo ke k̲h̲āke

Birthplace: Samrala, India

Birthdate: 1912-05-11

Nationality: Pakistan

Saadat Hasan Manto (; Urdu: سعادت حسن منٹو‎, pronounced [sa'ādat 'hasan 'maṅṭō]; 11 May 1912 – 18 January 1955) was a Pakistani writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana, British Raj. ...more
Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto defends herself, Issues in Pakistan, Āmrīyat yā jumhūrīyat

Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1953-06-21

Nationality: Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀُٽو‎; Urdu: [beːnəˈziːr ˈbʱʊʈ.ʈoː]; 21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and ...more

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Muhammad Zafrulla Khan ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The forgotten years, Ahmadiyyat, Merī vālidah

Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1893-02-06

Nationality: Canada, Pakistan

Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (Urdu: محمد ظفر اللہ خان‎‎; 6 February 1893 – 1 September 1985) was a Pakistani jurist and diplomat who served as the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan. After ...more
Ayub Khan-Din is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Rafta, Rafta..., The Royal Court presents East is East

Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1961-01-01

Nationality: Pakistan, United Kingdom

Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in (1987) and wrote the BAFTA, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle ...more
Altaf Gauhar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Arab petrodollars, Taḥrīren̲ cand, Ayub Khan

Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan

Birthdate: 1923-03-17

Nationality: Pakistan

Altaf Gauhar was a civil servant, journalist, poet, and writer from Pakistan. He was born in Gujranwala.
Akhtar Hameed Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Four rural development programmes, Rural development in East Pakistan, Community and agricultural development in Pakistan

Birthplace: Agra, India

Birthdate: 1914-07-15

Nationality: Bangladesh, Pakistan

Akhter Hameed Khan (Urdu: اختر حمید خان‎, pronounced [ˈəxt̪ər ɦəˈmiːd̪ ˈxaːn]; 15 July 1914 – 9 October 1999) was a Pakistani development practitioner and social scientist. He promoted ...more