Ashfaq Ahmad 15th death anniversary being observed today
The 15th death anniversary of legendary writer, broadcaster and intellectual of Urdu literature, Ashfaq Ahmad, is being observed across the country today.
Ashfaq Ahmed was born on August 22, 1925, in Garhmukteshwar village, Ghaziabad, British India. His prime qualities of heart and hand earned appreciations across the borders.
He was regarded by many as the best Urdu Afsana (short-story) writer after Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai and Krishan Chander following the publication of his famous short-story “Gaddarya” in 1955.
In 1962, Ashfaq Ahmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah which made him immensely popular among the people in towns and villages, it was a weekly feature that ran for three decades, the longest weekly radio show in the subcontinent.
He also served as an adviser in the education Ministry during Zia-UL-Haq s regime.
In the 60s, he produced a feature film, Dhoopaur Saie, which was not very successful at the box office.
His popular tv plays include Aik Muhabbat Sau Afsanay, Uchhay Burj Lahore Dey, Tota Kahani, Lekin, Hairat Kadah and Mun Chalay Ka Sauda.
He was awarded President’s Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz for meritorious services in the field of literature and broadcasting.
Ashfaq Ahmed died on 7 September 2004 at the age of 79.