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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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
Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was an academic, poet, barrister, philosopher, scholar mystic and politician in British India, who is widely regarded as having inspired the ...more
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
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
Abul Ala Maududi, was a South Asian scholar, philosopher, journalist, Islamist and Imam. He was one of the most influential Muslim scholars and imams of the 20th-century. His numerous works were ...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
Kartar Singh Duggal was a writer.
Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Jagadish Gupta was an Indian poet, novelist and short story writer. Known for his realistic view of life, strange character portrayal and unique narrative style, he was one of the major ...more
Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar
Qurratulain Hyder was an influential Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer, an academic, and a journalist. One of the most outstanding literary names in Urdu literature, she is most known ...more
Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The bride's mirror
Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Diptee" Nazir Ahmad, was an Urdu writer, social and religious reformer, and scholar. He arranged his own marriage to Abd ul-Khaliq's granddaughter.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Shah Jo Risalo
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was a noted Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet, widely considered to be greatest Muslim poet of the Sindhi language. His collected poems were assembled in the ...more
Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Syed Sajjad Zaheer was a renowned Urdu writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary.
Josh Malihabadi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Josh Malihabadi was a Pakistani poet. He was an Indian citizen until 1958, when he emigrated to Pakistan and became a Pakistani citizen. He wrote ghazals, nazm and Marsias under the takhallus
Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The one who did not ask
Altaf Fatima is an Urdu novelist, short-story writer, and teacher. Her novel Dastak Na Do is regarded as one of the defining works in the Urdu language. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan ...more
Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Ahmad Abdullāh al- Masdūsī was a Pakistani activist and lawyer. He was very active in social welfare, and community improvement activities. He was one of the founders of “Anjuman Islah Maashira” ...more
Jagan Nath Azad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Jagan Nath Azad was a renowned Urdu poet, writer and academician. A literary giant, Azad penned over 70 books, including poetry collections, epic poems, biographies and travelogues. He was an ...more
Ashraf Ali Thanwi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Perfecting Women
Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi was an Indian scholar of the Deobandi school whose religious contributions are still useful to Deobandi scholars.
Faqir Abdul Raheem Garhori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Shaikh Abdul Raheem Garhori was a sufi Saint and Poet of the Sindh. Shaikh Abdul Raheem Garhori belonged to the Mangrio-tribe and his father's name was Sadullah Mangrio.
Abid Ali Abid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Syed Abid Ali Abid 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 January 1971.
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
Faiz Ahmad Faiz, MBE, NI, Lenin Peace Prize was an influential left-wing intellectual, revolutionary poet, and one of the most regarded poets of the Urdu language, being considered four times ...more
Hanif Kureishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The Buddha of Suburbia, Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic
Hanif Kureishi, CBE is a British Pakistani playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker and novelist. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since
Tariq Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
An Indian dynasty, Pakistan, The American Effect
Tariq Ali is an English Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and contributes to The Guardian, ...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
Saadat Hassan Manto was a short story writer of the Urdu language. He is best known for his short stories, "Bu", "Khol Do", "Thanda Gosht", and "Toba Tek ...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
Benazir Bhutto was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest ...more
Muhammad Zafrulla Khan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
The forgotten years, Ahmadiyyat, Merī vālidah
Chaudhry Sir al-Hajj Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, KCSI was one of the leading Founding Fathers of modern Pakistan, politician, statesman, diplomat, international jurist, and a prominent scholar of ...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
Ayub Khan Din is a British Pakistani actor and playwright. As an actor, Khan Din participated in some 20 British films and TV series in the late 1980s and the 1990s. He made his film debut in My ...more
Altaf Gauhar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Arab petrodollars, Taḥrīren̲ cand, Ayub Khan
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
Akhtar Hameed Khan was a Pakistani development practitioner and social scientist. He promoted participatory rural development in Pakistan and other developing countries, and widely advocated ...more