Renowned humourist, satirist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away

Published: June 20, 2018
Yousufi breathed his last at the age of 94 after a protracted illness. PHOTO: FILE

Yousufi breathed his last at the age of 94 after a protracted illness. PHOTO: FILE

An era of Urdu literature came to an end on Wednesday when the most celebrated humourist and satirist of our times passed away.

Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi died after a protracted illness in Karachi. He was 94.

Some of his most popular works include Chiragh Talay, Khakam-ba-dahan, Zarguzasht, Aab-E-gum and Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan.

In recognition of his contributions to Urdu literature, the government of Pakistan conferred upon him two highest literary awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and 2002, respectively.

Yousufi was born on August 4, 1923 in the then princely state of Tonk in United India. His father was the political secretary of the state. Yousufi migrated to Pakistan in 1956 and became a career banker.

Yousufi was widely admired in the literary circles for his unique way of writing and subtle satire.

Literary circles, media persons and fans have expressed grief over the demise of the legendary writer and appreciated his contribution to Urdu literature.

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Renowned television anchors and journalists Syed Talat Hussain and Ejaz Haider used the popular micro-blogging site to pay homage to the greatest satirist of our times.

The chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, used his personal Twitter handle to pay tribute to the legendary humourist.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf also took to Twitter to express sorrow over the demise of Mushtaq Yousufi and offer condolences to the bereaved family.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • Yasir Hasan
    Jun 20, 2018 - 5:41PM

    Oh that’s sad. He is my most favorite Urdu writer. May his sweet soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • Khalid Pathan
    Jun 20, 2018 - 5:42PM

    Mushtaq Ahmed Yousfi’s death has left a vacuum that will never be filled. It is just not possible for anyone to write like him. No one in satire comes close to him. A legend who will live for as long as Urdu literature is there. He will be read and remembered through his books.Recommend

  • Jamil Khan
    Jun 20, 2018 - 6:59PM

    Very Sad to hear, but Yusufi had good innings. Wrote beautifully but was a perfectionist hence publish only few books, there might a few volumes of his writings that can most probably be published posthumously.Recommend

  • Junglee
    Jun 21, 2018 - 3:41AM

    No schoolboy worth his salt is unaware of Himaqatain and Mazeed Himaqatain. A gentle giant amongst men.Recommend

  • Pekhawar Khan
    Jun 21, 2018 - 9:17AM

    RIP big man. You were an enlightenment. Recommend

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