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List of famous writers from Pakistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Pakistan is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Pakistani writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Pakistan and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Writers include everything from Kashif Butt to Fazlur Rahman.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Pakistani writers?" and "Which writers are from Pakistan?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Pakistan in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Pakistan, but they're all of Pakistan descent.

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Tariq Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Tariq Ali age 75 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

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Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Kader Khan age 83 Kader Khan is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer, as well as director. He has appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973 film Daag in which he acted as a ...more

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Manoj Kumar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Manoj Kumar age 81 Manoj Kumar is an award-winning Indian actor and director in the Bollywood film industry. He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi?, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, ...more

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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Muhammad Iqbal Died at 61 (1877-1938) 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

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Hanif Kureishi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Hanif Kureishi age 64 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

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Chetan Anand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Chetan Anand Died at 76 (1921-1997) Chetan Anand was a Hindi film producer, screenwriter and director from India, whose debut film, Neecha Nagar, was awarded the Palme d'Or award at the first ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946. ...more

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Kartar Duggal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Kartar Duggal Died at 95 (1917-2012) Kartar Singh Duggal was a writer.

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Waheed Murad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Waheed Murad Died at 45 (1938-1983) Waheed Murad was a Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer, famous for his charming expressions, attractive personality, tender voice and unusual talent for acting. Waheed is considered ...more

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Faiz Ahmed Faiz Died at 73 (1911-1984) 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

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Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto Died at 54 (1953-2007) 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

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Ayub Khan-Din is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ayub Khan-Din age 57 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

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Syed Noor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Syed Noor age 67 Syed Noor is a Pakistani film director based in Lahore. He is considered as one of the best filmmaker of Pakistan and is famous for making issue-based films wrapped in entertainment. He has to ...more

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Mohan Kumar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Mohan Kumar age 84 Mohan Kumar is a film producer, director and screenwriter.

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Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy Died at 71 (1892-1963) 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

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Akhtar Hameed Khan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Akhtar Hameed Khan Died at 85 (1914-1999) 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

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Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Jagadish Gupta Died at 71 (1886-1957) 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

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Mohammad Irfan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Mohammad Irfan age 36 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

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Javed Miandad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Javed Miandad age 61 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

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Mohsin Hamid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Mohsin Hamid age 47 Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer. His novels are Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

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Shoaib Mansoor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Shoaib Mansoor Shoaib Mansoor, is a Pakistani television and film director, producer, writer, lyricist and music composer. Active in the television industry since 1980, he founded his first success for ...more

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Haresh Sharma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Haresh Sharma age 53 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

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Abul A'la Maududi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Abul A'la Maududi Died at 76 (1903-1979) 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

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Pervez Musharraf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf age 75 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

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Krishan Chander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Krishan Chander Died at 63 (1914-1977) 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

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Ibn-e-Safi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ibn-e-Safi Died at 52 (1928-1980) 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

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Muhammad Zafrulla Khan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Muhammad Zafrulla Khan Died at 92 (1893-1985) 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

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Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Died at 63 (1689-1752) 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

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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal age 66 Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is a Bangladeshi author of science fiction and children's literature. He is a professor of computer science and engineering and also head of the department of electrical and ...more

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Kabir Khan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Kabir Khan age 41 Mohammad Kabir Khan is a Pakistani cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a left-arm medium-fast bowler who played for the Pakistan national cricket team. He was the coach of the ...more

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Died at 51 (1928-1979) 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

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Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Altaf Fatima age 89 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

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Ashraf Ali Thanwi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ashraf Ali Thanwi Died at 80 (1863-1943) Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi was an Indian scholar of the Deobandi school whose religious contributions are still useful to Deobandi scholars.

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Gopi Chand Narang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Gopi Chand Narang age 87 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

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Sabiha Sumar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Sabiha Sumar age 57 Sabiha Sumar is a Pakistani filmmaker. Born in Karachi, Sabiha Sumar studied Filmmaking and Political Science at Sarah Lawrence College in New York from 1980–83 and then read History and ...more

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Bapsi Sidhwa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Bapsi Sidhwa age 80 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

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Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Sajjad Zaheer Died at 68 (1905-1973) Syed Sajjad Zaheer was a renowned Urdu writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary.

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Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Qurratulain Hyder Died at 80 (1927-2007) 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

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Akbar S. Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Akbar S. Ahmed age 52 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

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Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ayesha Jalal 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

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Fazlur Rahman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Fazlur Rahman Died at 69 (1919-1988) 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

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Josh Malihabadi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Josh Malihabadi Died at 88 (1894-1982) 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

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Kamila Shamsie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Kamila Shamsie age 45 Kamila Naheed Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist who writes in the English language.

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Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi Died at 63 (1905-1968) 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

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Nadeem Aslam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Nadeem Aslam age 52 Nadeem Aslam is a prize-winning British Pakistani novelist.

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Daniyal Mueenuddin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Daniyal Mueenuddin age 55 Daniyal Mueenuddin is a Pakistani-American author who writes in English. His short-story collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, has been translated into sixteen languages, and won The Story ...more

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Rahman Baba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Rahman Baba Died at 61 (1650-1711) 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

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Jagan Nath Azad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Jagan Nath Azad Died at 86 (1918-2004) 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

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Ayub Khan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Ayub Khan Died at 67 (1907-1974) 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

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Alison De Vere is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Alison De Vere Died at 74 (1927-2001) Alison De Vere was a film director, screenwriter and animator.

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Habiba Nosheen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
Habiba Nosheen age 36 Habiba Nosheen is a Peabody Award-winning Pakistani-Canadian journalist. Her film, Outlawed in Pakistan, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was called "among the ...more