Karachi (September 04, 2017): The 96th birthday of renewed and legendary writer Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi is being celebrated today.
Yousufi, a leading light of Urdu literature and a satire and humour writer, was born on 4 September 1923 in a learned family of Jaipur, Rajasthan. His father Abdul Karim Khan Yousufi was chairman of the Jaipur Municipality, and later Speaker of the Jaipur Legislative Assembly.
Yousufi completed his early education in Rajputana and earned B.A. from Agra University while M.A. Philosophy and LL.B from Aligarh Muslim University. After partition of India his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. He has served Urdu literature through his life.Yousufi has also served as the head of several banks and other national and international governmental and financial institutions.
He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan.
He joined Muslim Commercial Bank in 1950, became Deputy General Manager. Joined Allied Bank Ltd in 1965 as Managing Director. In 1974 he became President of United Bank Ltd. In 1977 became Chairman of the Pakistan Banking Council. He was awarded Quaid-i-Azam Memorial Medal for distinguished services in banking.Ibn-e-Insha, himself an Urdu satirist and humorist, wrote about Yousufi: “…if ever we could give a name to the literary humour of our time, then the only name that comes to mind is that of Yousufi!” Another scholar, Dr Zaheer Fatehpuri, wrote, “We are living in the ‘Yousufi era’ of Urdu literary humour…” The Yousufi era started from 1961 when Yousufi’s first book Chiragh Talay was published. His fifth book Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaaran (2014) was published in Karachi in 2014.