Celebrated Urdu satirist and humor writer, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, has passed away after a prolonged illness in Karachi. He was 94.
The accomplished wordsmith had been ill for quite some time.
He was born on August 4, 1923, in district Tonk of Rajasthan, India. After Partition, he migrated to Karachi in 1956.
A banker by profession, Yousufi had been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2002, the highest literary honor given by the government to civilians.
His Chiraagh Talay (1961) has established him as a humorist who knew how to use banter and pun, while his other works, Khakam Badahan (1970), Zarguzasht (1976) and Aab-i-Gum (1990) only reaffirmed his status as a great humor and a master prose writer of Urdu.
His one-liners are often quoted in Urdu’s literary works.
Literary circles have expressed deep grief on the death of the legendary writer and appreciated his services for Urdu.