Famous Novelists from Pakistan

List of notable or famous novelists from Pakistan, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Pakistan and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Pakistan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Pakistani novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Pakistan is included when available.

Everything from Tariq Ali to Hanif Kureishi is included on this list.

This historic novelists from Pakistan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Pakistani novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Pakistan?" These prominent novelists of Pakistan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Pakistani novelists.

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  • Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi
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    Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (Urdu: احمد ندیم قاسمی‎) born Ahmad Shah Awan (Urdu: احمد شاہ اعوان‎) on 20 November 1916 – died 10 July 2006, was an Urdu language Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author. He wrote 50 books on topics such as poetry, fiction, criticism, journalism and art, and was a major figure in contemporary Urdu literature. His poetry was distinguished by its humanism, and his Urdu afsana (short story) work is considered by some second only to Munshi Prem Chand in its depiction of rural culture. He was also editor and publisher of the literary magazine Funoon for almost half a century. He received awards such as the Pride of Performance in 1968 ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1916-2006)
    • Birthplace: Anga, Punjab
  • 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 Lahore during the Partition, earning MA and BEd from the University of Punjab. Her novel Dastak Na Do ("Do not Knock") is regarded as one of the defining works in the Urdu language. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan television and an abridged translation was serialised by the Karachi monthly, Herald. In 2018, Fatima received the KLF Urdu Literature award at the 9th Karachi Literature Festival for her book, Deed Wadeed. She died on 29 November 2018 without being clinically ill.
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Lucknow, India
  • Anis Nagi (born 1939-died 2010) was a Pakistani poet, novelist and critic. He retired from government service.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)
    • Birthplace: Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • Ashfaq Ahmed (Urdu: اشفاق احمد‎; 22 August 1925 – 7 September 2004) was a writer, playwright and broadcaster from Pakistan. He wrote several books in Urdu. His works included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio of Pakistan. He was awarded President's Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) awards for his services in the field of literature and broadcasting.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)
    • Birthplace: Firozpur, India
  • Bano Qudsia
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    Bano Qudsia (Urdu: بانو قدسیہ‎‎; 28 November 1928 – 4 February 2017), also known as Bano Aapa, was a Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist. She wrote literature in Urdu, producing novels, dramas plays and short stories. Qudsia is best recognized for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play Aadhi Baat has been called "a classic play". Bano Qudsia died in Lahore on 4 February 2017.
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Firozpur, India
  • Bapsi Sidhwa (Urdu: باپسا سادہوا‎; born August 11, 1938) is an American–Pakistani novelist of Gujarati Parsi descent who writes in English and is resident in the United States. She is best known for her collaborative work with Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Sidhwa wrote both the 1991 novel Ice Candy Man which served as the basis for Mehta's 1998 film Earth as well as the 2006 novel Water: A Novel on which is based Mehta's 2005 film Water. A documentary about Sidhwa's life called "Bapsi: Silences of My Life" is currently in production and is expected to release 2021.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan