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Famous Writers from Pakistan

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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
age 76
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
age 84
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
age 82
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
Dec. 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
age 65
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 58
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
12
Syed Noor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Pakistan
age 68
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
age 85
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 37
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
age 62
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
age 48
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, 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
age 54
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
Dec. 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
age 76
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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