Writers 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.

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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Muhammad Iqbal 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
Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi 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
Abul A'la Maududi 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
Kartar Duggal 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 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
Qurratulain Hyder 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
Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi 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 Abdul Latif Bhittai 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
Sajjad Zaheer 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 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
Altaf Fatima 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
Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi 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 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
Ashraf Ali Thanwi 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
Faqir Abdul Raheem Garhori 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
Abid Ali Abid 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
Faiz Ahmed Faiz 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
Hanif Kureishi 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
Tariq Ali 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
Saadat Hasan Manto 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 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
Muhammad Zafrulla Khan 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
Ayub Khan-Din 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
Altaf Gauhar 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
Akhtar Hameed Khan 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

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy Broadcast to the nation, Prime Minister's statement on foreign policy, December 9 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was a Bengali politician and statesman in the first half of the 20th-century. He served as the Prime Minister of Bengal in British India and was the fifth Prime ...more

Syed Mujtaba Ali is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Syed Mujtaba Ali Syed Mujtaba Ali was a Bengali author, academician, scholar and linguist.

Ibn-e-Safi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Ibn-e-Safi The House of Fear, Khaufnaak Imarat, Dilaer Mujrim Ibn-e-Safi was the pen name of Asrar Ahmad, a best-selling and prolific fiction writer, novelist and poet of Urdu from Pakistan. The word Ibn-e-Safi is an Arabian expression which literally ...more

Mohammad Irfan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Mohammad Irfan An investigation of household reproductive behaviour in Pakistan, Migration patterns in Pakistan Mohammad Irfan is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler. In an interview with Pakpassion, Irfan confirmed his height is indeed 7'1". This makes him the tallest player to play first-class and ...more

Akbar S. Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Akbar S. Ahmed After Terror, Social and economic change in the Tribal Areas, 1972-1976 Akbar Salahuddin Ahmed, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, or Akbar Ahmed, is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C. and was the First Distinguished Chair of ...more

Mohsin Hamid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Mohsin Hamid Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Nachtschmetterlinge. Roman. Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer. His novels are Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto The myth of independence, Politics of the people, Bhutto's vision of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the ninth Prime Minister of Pakistan and its fourth President. Revered as Quaid-i-Awam, he founded the Pakistan People's Party and served as its chairman until his ...more

Javed Miandad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Javed Miandad Cutting edge Mohammad Javed Miandad, popularly known as Javed Miandad, is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket. ESPNcricinfo ...more

Fazlur Rahman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Fazlur Rahman Prophecy in Islam, Islam, Health and medicine in the Islamic tradition Fazlur Rahman Malik generally known as Fazlur Rahman was a well-known scholar of Islam. Rahman was born in the Hazara District of the North West Frontier Province of British India

Pervez Musharraf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf In the Line of Fire: A Memoir Pervez Musharraf, is a Pakistani politician and a retired four-star rank army general who tenured as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until tendering resignation to avoid impeachment in ...more

Haresh Sharma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Haresh Sharma Haresh Sharma is a Singaporean playwright. To date, he has written more than 100 plays that have been staged all over the world, including Singapore, Melbourne, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cairo and ...more

Mahbub ul Haq is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Mahbub ul Haq Meeting basic needs, A national agenda, The Strategy of Economic Planning Dr. Mahbub ul Haq was a Pakistani game theorist, economist and professor of microeconomics at the University of Karachi who served as the 13th Finance Minister of Pakistan from 10 April 1985 ...more

Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah From purdah to parliament, Letters to Neena, A critical survey of the development of the Urdu novel and short story Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, was a prominent Pakistani female politician, diplomat and author. She was the Ambassador of Pakistan to many countries.

Saleem Ali is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Saleem Ali Islam and education, Mining, the environment Dr. Prof. Saleem H. Ali is a Pakistani American scholar who is the Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland Australia. He is also Adjunct ...more

Muhammad Asad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Muhammad Asad Sahih Al-Bukhari, This Law of Ours and Other Essays, Islam at the Crossroads Muhammad Asad was a Jewish-born Austro-Hungarian journalist, traveler, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist, diplomat and Islamic scholar. Asad was one of the most influential European ...more

Gopi Chand Narang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Gopi Chand Narang Urdu Gopi Chand Narang is an Indian theorist, literary critic and scholar who writes in Urdu and English. His Urdu literary criticism has incorporated a range of modern theoretical frameworks ...more

Ayub Khan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Ayub Khan Homage to the Quaid-i-Azam, speech delivered by General Mohammad Ayub Khan, President of Pakistan Muhammad Ayub Khan, widely known as Ayub Khan, was the President of Pakistan from 1958 to 1969. Ayub Khan assumed power through the 1958 Pakistani coup d'état, becoming the country's ...more

Bapsi Sidhwa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Bapsi Sidhwa Cracking India, Water, Pakistani Bride Bapsi Sidhwa is a Pakistani novelist who writes in English and is resident in America. She is best known for her collaborative work with Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Sidhwa wrote both ...more

Krishan Chander is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Krishan Chander Flame and the flower Krishan Chander was an Urdu writer of short stories and novels. He also worked on Hindi and English. He was a prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, 30 collections of short stories and scores ...more

Feroz Khan Noon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Feroz Khan Noon India Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon, KCSI, KCIE, OStJ was a politician from Pakistan. He held many posts in government both before and after independence and was an important figure in the Pakistan

Umera Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Umera Ahmad Pir-e-Kamil, Shehr-e-Zaat Umera Ahmad is a Pakistani author and screenwriter. She is known for authoring books like Pir-e-Kamil and Lahasil. She has received various awards including 'Best Writer Award' in Lux Style ...more

Kamila Shamsie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows, In the city by the sea, Broken Verses Kamila Naheed Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist who writes in the English language.

Rahman Baba is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Rahman Baba Abdur Rahmān Bābā, or Rahmān Bābā, was a Pashtun poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire. He, along with his contemporary Khushal Khan Khattak, is considered one of the most popular poets among ...more

Nadeem Aslam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Nadeem Aslam Maps for Lost Lovers, Season of the Rain Birds, The Wasted Vigil Nadeem Aslam is a prize-winning British Pakistani novelist.

Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Pakistan
Ayesha Jalal Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, The Sole Spokesman, Self and Sovereignty Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian. She is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and a 1998 MacArthur Fellow. The bulk of her work deals with the creation of ...more