He was a playwright, thinker, broadcaster, and a legend short story writer. In his career, Ashfaq Ahmed wrote many books and some famous dramas for Radio. He wrote for PTV also. It was time before the partition of the sub-continent. After separation, he came to Lahore. He lived his whole life in Lahore.
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His prime qualities of heart and hand earned appreciations across the borders. He obtained his early education in his native district. Shortly before independence in , he migrated to Pakistan and made the Punjab metropolis, Lahore as his abode. Bano Qudsia, his wife and companion in Urdu literary circles who is also one of the best novelists of Urdu, was his classmate at Government College.
After Partition, when Ashfaq Ahmed arrived at the Walton refugee camp with millions of other migrants, he used to make announcements on a megaphone around the clock. Later, he got a job in Radio Azad Kashmir, which was established on a truck that used to drive around in various parts of Kashmir. He then got lectureship at Dayal Singh College, Lahore for two years. Whereafter, he went to Rome to join Radio Rome as an Urdu newscaster. He also used to teach Urdu at Rome university.
He also got special training diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University. He started writing stories in his childhood, which were published in Phool [Flower] magazine. After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango [Story Teller], and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer.
In , Ashfaq Ahmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah [The Preacher] 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 was appointed director of the Markazi Urdu Board in , which was later renamed as Urdu Science Board, a post he held for 29 years.
He remained with the board until In the 60s, he produced a feature film, Dhoop aur Saie [Shadows and Sunshine], which was not very successful at the box office. Their appeal lies in the universal truths of life portrayed in human hopes, emotions, aspirations and relationships that touch the soul of people of all age groups.
All through his life, Ashfaq Ahmad endeavored to reform the society through his writings. He had authored over twenty five books including a travelogue, Safar dar Safar [Long Way Journey], with an atypical style.
In fact, he gave a new mold to diction and locale situations, many of his fans would fondly remember. He used Punjabi literary words very well in Urdu and introduced a new kind of prose, which was unique to him. Besides his personality as a great author of impressive and laudable books, Ashfaq Ahmed, in his later period of life, was greatly inclined towards sufism, which was visibly reflected in most of his works.
His close association with Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti was also attributed for this tendency. Death Ashfaq Ahmed passed away on 7 September, at the age of 79, of pancreatic cancer.
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