JUN 20, 2018: Acclaimed Pakistani humorist, writer and satirist Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi passed away at the age of 97 on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged ailment.
A banker by profession but publicly famed for his humorous writings in Urdu, Yusufi,97, suffered from pneumonia a few days back after which he was shifted to a hospital in Karachi. The writer was placed on a ventilator after his condition deteriorated, while he was pronounced dead by the doctors on Wednesday.
Born in Jaipur city of Rajasthan, India in India on September 4, 1921, he received a masters degree from Agra University, while he also studied LLB from Aligarh Muslim University. The veteran writer migrated to Karachi along with his family during partition of the sub-continent in 1947.
As soon as the news broke of his death, admirers, intellectuals and civil society of the deceased offered tributes and condolences on social media.
Twitter user Atique Lashari (lashari_atique) said: “End of an era. The greatest literary humorist and satirist in the Urdu language Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi passes away in Karachi.”
User Hasan Wakeel (Hasanw181) said: “Today, Urdu has lost its shining star. The demise of Mushtaq Yusufi has left a void impossible to fill for generations. His humour and writings will always be remembered. May Allah grant him place in Jannat.”
For his services in the field of literature in Pakistan, he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1999 and Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2002 by the president.