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Ibne Safi

Birth:1928

Death:1979

A heart-throbbing and the most popular mystery- writer in the history of Urdu literature of the Indian sub-continent. Asrar Ahmad or Ibne Safi, well known by his penname, in the genre of Urdu detective novel, created a character of Col. Faridi in his writing, Jasoosi Duniya that was adored by the men on the street as well as literary figures. So strong was Ibne Safi's impact on the literary scene of the subcontinent that his novels were translated into several regional languages. He wrote besides poetry, humour and satire, more than 250 novels in his lifetime that ranked as an authoritative position in recreational literature. Ibne Safi, during mid-Seventies, rendered an informal services to the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan for lecturing new recruits on methods of detection. Ibne Safi was born Asrar Ahmad in Nara, Allahabad, India and migrated to Pakistan in the later part of his life. Excessive writing and thinking took a toll on his health and he suffered from schizophrenia in 1960 though he recovered from it. He died with his incomplete Imran series novel Aakhri Aadmi by his bedside.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Syed Sharfuddin

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