Ashfaq Ahmed was no ordinary man but was rather an institution for the lovers of Urdu literature and drama audiences. A respected author, playwright, broadcaster and intellectual, he was held in great esteem for his views that he passed on to the public mostly through his literary works. He was married to another renowned literary figure Bano Qudsia.
Born on August 22, 1925 in Ghaziabad, India, Ashfaq Ahmed was known for his unique sense of humor which reflected from the radio shows he used to do before the advent of television in Pakistan. Many of his books were converted to dramas and became hugely popular among the audiences. The popular series of dramas 'Aik Mohabbat Sau Afsanay', was also based on his book by the same name. The series got so famous when made almost four decades ago that it was remade in the 1990s.
His other notable literary contributions that were made into dramas include 'Tota Kahani', 'Uchhay Burj Lahore Dey', 'Lekin', 'Hairat Kada' and most recently 'Mann Chalay Ka Sauda'. Towards the end of his life, he used to appear in PTV discussion programs 'Baithak' and 'Zaviya'.
For his contributions towards literature and broadcast entertainment media, he was awarded the President's Pride of Performance as well as Sitara-e-Imtiaz. He breathed his last on September 7, 2004.