Famous Pakistani Writers

Find out more about the greatest Pakistani Writers, including Muhammad Iqbal, Saadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Tehmina Durrani and Hassan Nisar.

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 1 Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal.
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Famous As: Poet & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sialkot, Punjab, British India
Died: April 21, 1938

Muhammad Iqbal was a Scholar, poet, and politician. Born in British India (present-day Pakistan), Iqbal's poetry in Persian and Urdu languages is regarded as one of the greatest of the modern era. Also an influential politician, Muhammad Iqbal's vision of an independent Muslim state helped inspire the creation of Pakistan where he is recognized as the national poet.

 2 Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samrala
Died: January 18, 1955

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright, writer, and author. Best remembered for his 22 collections of short stories, Manto was renowned for writing about the bitter truths of society. Not surprisingly, he was tried for obscenity on six occasions but was never convicted. Considered one of the 20th century's finest Urdu-language writers, Manto is the subject of two movies.

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 3 Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi

 4 Israr Ahmed

Israr Ahmed.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher
Birthdate: April 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hisar
Died: April 14, 2010

 5 Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 6 Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1177 AD
Birthplace: Marwand
Died: 1274 AD

 7 Jon Elia

Jon Elia
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Famous As: Linguist, Philosopher, Poet, Literary critic
Birthdate: December 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amroha
Died: November 8, 2002
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 8 Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Muhammad Taqi Usmani
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 9 Shaan Shahid

Shaan Shahid
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Film director
Birthdate: April 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore

 10 Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Poet
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kabul

 11 Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi
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Famous As: Mutakallim
Birthdate: April 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries

 12 Osman Khalid Butt

Osman Khalid Butt
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Famous As: Journalist, Choreographer
Birthdate: February 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Islamabad

 13 Tehmina Durrani

Tehmina Durrani
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 14 Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid
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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Lahore

 15 Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: November 18, 1690
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hala, Sindh
Died: January 1, 1752

 16 Parveen Shakir

Parveen Shakir
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: November 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 26, 1994

 17 Waris Shah

Waris Shah
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1722 AD
Birthplace: Jandiala Sher Khan
Died: 1798 AD

 18 Hassan Nisar

Hassan Nisar
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 19 Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
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Famous As: Linguist, Politician, Translator, Writer
Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Punjab

 20 Ahmad Faraz

Ahmad Faraz
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Died: August 25, 2008

 21 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi

Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhok Gohar Shah
Died: November 25, 2001

 22 Farhat Ishtiaq

Farhat Ishtiaq
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 23 Rahman Baba

Rahman Baba
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Famous As: poet, writer
Birthdate: 1632 AD
Birthplace: Peshawar
Died: 1706 AD

 24 Wasif Ali Wasif

Wasif Ali Wasif
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Famous As: writer, poet, teacher
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khushab District, Pakistan
Died: January 18, 1993

 25 Qudrat Ullah Shahab

Qudrat Ullah Shahab
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 26 Josh Malihabadi

Josh Malihabadi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malihabad
Died: February 22, 1982

 27 Habib Jalib

Habib Jalib
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hoshiarpur
Died: March 12, 1993

 28 Khwaja Ghulam Farid

Khwaja Ghulam Farid
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Chachran
Died: 1901 AD

 29 Khushal Khan Khattak

Khushal Khan Khattak
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Akora Khattak, Pakistan
Died: February 25, 1689

 30 Anwar Masood

Anwar Masood
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gujrat City, Pakistan

 31 Mohsin Naqvi

Mohsin Naqvi
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: May 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
Died: January 15, 1996

 32 Munir Niazi

Munir Niazi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hoshiarpur
Died: December 26, 2006

 33 Ibn-e-Insha

Ibn-e-Insha
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: June 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phillaur
Died: January 11, 1978

 34 Talib Jauhari

Talib Jauhari
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Famous As: Islamic scholar
Birthdate: August 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, British India
Died: June 22, 2020

 35 Muhammad Ilyas Qadri

Muhammad Ilyas Qadri
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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: July 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karachi

 36 Nasir Kazmi

Nasir Kazmi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ambala
Died: March 2, 1972

 37 Rais Amrohvi

Rais Amrohvi
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amroha
Died: September 22, 1988

 38 Pir Roshan

Pir Roshan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Jalandhar
Died: 1585 AD

 39 Zulfikar Ghose

Zulfikar Ghose
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

 40 Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Khushab, Pakistan
Died: July 10, 2006

 41 Jamiluddin Aali

Jamiluddin Aali
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Famous As: poet, journalist, reporter, politician
Birthdate: January 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi
Died: November 23, 2015

 42 Amjad Islam Amjad

Amjad Islam Amjad
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 43 Qateel Shifai

Qateel Shifai
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haripur District, Pakistan
Died: July 11, 2001

 44 Mustafa Zaidi

Mustafa Zaidi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Allahabad
Died: October 12, 1970

 45 Umera Ahmad

Umera Ahmad
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: December 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sialkot

 46 Ehsan Danish

Ehsan Danish
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet
Birthdate: February 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kandhla, India
Died: March 22, 1982