The 17th death anniversary of well-known author and literary personality Ashfaq Ahmed, is being observed on Tuesday (today).
Ashfaq Ahmed was born on August 22, 1925 in Muktsar, India and migrated to Pakistan shortly before the partition of India, in 1947.
He achieved his Master of Arts degree in Urdu literature from Government College in Lahore.
Initially, he wrote stories for a children magazine Phool magazine for children.
Later, he launched his own literary magazine, Dastaango , and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer.
Ashfaq Ahmed was made editor of the popular Urdu weekly, Lail-o-Nahar, in place of famous poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum by the Government of Pakistan.
In 1962, Ashfaq Ahmed started his radio program, Talqeen Shah (The Preacher) which made him popular among the people in towns and villages.
However, in 1966 he was appointed director of the Markazi Urdu Board.
Ahmed wrote many books including Zavia, Aik Muhabbat Sau Afsanay, Tota Kahani, Safar Dar Safar, Talqeen Shah, Mun Chalay Ka Sauda, Hairat Kadah, and Baba Sahba but he earned fame from ‘Gaddarya’.
Ashfaq Ahmed married famous Urdu novelist Bano Qudsia. He had received Presidential Pride of Performance award and Sitar-e- Imtiaz .
On September 6 2004, Ahmed passed away due to pancreatic cancer and was buried in Model Town.
In November 2004, Allama Iqbal Open University staff organized an event in Islamabad to pay tributes to Ahmed.
During the event, the Chairman, National Language Authority, Fateh Muhammad Malik stated that with the death of Ashfaq Ahmed.
In the 1980s, Ashfaq Ahmed also served as an advisor to the Federal Ministry of Education. Ashfaq Ahmed passed away but his writings still keep him immortal.
The gap of this shining star of literature has not been filled in the literary circles even after so many years have passed.
Ashfaq Ahmed is one of the writers who has made his unique place in the world of literature and has been immortalized forever. On his every death anniversary he is remebered.