Web Desk: Renowned humour writer, Urdu satire writer Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after a prolonged illness. He was 94 years old.
Yousufi was suffering from protracted ailment from couple of years and had not been participating in public events. Recently the satirist was shifted to a Karachi hospital for treatment of pneumonia.
Yousufi, a leading light of Urdu literature and a satire, 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 sahib masterfully disguised crude gestures with his choice of literary words such that the meaning stayed intact. When the readers went through his books not only did they smile but their faces also glowed. His books are a recollection of events, encounters and discussions with many different people having totally different personalities and professions.
He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan. His famous books were Shaam-e-Shair-e-Yaaran, ‘Ahd-e-Yousufi’ [the Yousufi era], ‘Charagh Talay’ (1961), ‘Khakam Badahan’ (1969), ‘Zarguzasht’ (1976) and ‘Aab-e-Gum’ (1990).
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!
Former president Asif Ali Zardari and former Mayor Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal have expressed sorrow over the sad demise of legendary Urdu satire.