The characters haunted us, the plots hypnotised us and we were proud of Pakistani drama which left audiences across the border in awe. They were refined individuals and intellectuals, hence the works they produced were splendid adaptations of novels and plays from both Urdu and English literature. The original Khuda Ki Basti recently remade for the small screen by actor-director Rashid Sami had a stellar caste of mainly radio artistes such as Qazi Wajid, Zahoor Ahmed late , Zaheen Tahira, Zafar Masood late and Behroze Sabzwari, the latter to the best of my knowledge then a debutante. In those days PTV cashed in on a team of enthusiastic talent from Radio Pakistan which served as an academy for many years to come. Little did anyone know then that the institution was to produce the finest actors known to Pakistan, for Radio Pakistan had instilled in them good diction and voice delivery that is now difficult to master for newer performers.

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His works included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio of Pakistan. He was awarded the President's Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz Star of Excellence awards for his services in the field of literature and broadcasting. Bano Qudsia , his wife and companion in Urdu literary circles, was his classmate at the Government College. Ashfaq Ahmed was a widely travelled person and could speak Urdu, English, Italian and French languages besides his mother-tongue Punjabi language.

He started writing stories in his childhood, which were published in Phool [Flower], a magazine for children. 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 radio program, Talqeen Shah The Preacher which made him popular among the people in towns and villages. He also served as an adviser in the Education Ministry during Zia-ul-Haq's regime.

Ashfaq Ahmed had authored over 30 books during his lifetime. His short story afsana , Gaddarya The Shepherd earned him early fame in Ashfaq Ahmed, in his later years of life, was greatly inclined towards Sufism.

He used to appear in a get together with his fans in PTV program Baithak The Guest Room and Zaviya The Angle where he gave swift but satisfying responses to each and every question posed by the youth audience. On 7 September , Ashfaq Ahmed died of pancreatic cancer.

He was laid to rest in Model Town , Lahore, Pakistan. Chairman, Pakistan Academy of Letters , Iftikhar Arif also paid tribute to him as a dynamic literary figure and said that one of his priorities had always remained welfare of the people. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For other uses, see Ashfaq Ahmed disambiguation. Retrieved 26 February Retrieved 13 March The News International newspaper. Archived from the original on 24 September Pakistan: Dawn.

Paracha 1 March The Nation. Archived from the original on 5 September Recipients of the Pride of Performance for Arts.

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