Web Desk (September 07, 2018): 14th death anniversary of writer, playwright and novelist Ashfaq Ahmed is being observed today.
Ashfaq Ahmed was born on August 22, 1925 in Muktsar, Punjab, India. After the partition, he moved to Pakistan along with his family.After Partition, when Ahmed arrived at the Walton refugee camp with millions of other migrants, he used to make announcements of directions on a megaphone around the clock for the refugees. He then got lectureship at Dayal Singh College, Lahore for two years. Where after, he went to Rome to join ‘Radio Rome’ as an Urdu newscaster.
He also used to teach Urdu at ‘Rome University’. During his stay in Europe, he received diplomas in the Italian and French languages from the ‘Sapienza University of Rome|University of Rome’ and University of Grenoble, France. He also earned a special training diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University.He started writing stories in his childhood, which were published in Phool magazine. After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango, and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer.
He was made editor of the popular Urdu weekly, Lail-o-Nahar, in place of famous poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum by the Government of Pakistan.
In 1962, Ahmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah which made him immensely popular among the people in towns and villages. He was appointed director of the Markazi Urdu Board in 1966, which was later renamed as Urdu Science Board, a post he held for 29 years.He also served as adviser in the Education Ministry during Zia-ul-Haq’s regime.
He used to appear in a get together with his fans in PTV program Baithak and Zaviya where he gave swift but satisfying responses to each and every question posed by the youth audience.
On 7 September 2004, Ashfaq Ahmed died of pancreatic cancer. He was laid to rest in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan. He was awarded with President’s Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz for meritorious services in the field of literature and broadcasting.