Mashkoor Hussain Yaad

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Mashkoor Hussain Yaad
مشکور حسین یاد‎
Dabwali, Haryana
Died2017(2017-00-00) (aged 91–92)
  • Poet
  • Novelist
  • Scholar
  • Pride of Performance
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz

Mashkoor Hussain Yaad (Urdu: مشکور حسین یاد‎) (1925-2017) was an Urdu language Pakistani poet, novelist and scholar who authored several books,[1] including Azadi Ki Charagh, a memoir of his experiences of partition.[2] He was awarded the Pride of Performance in 1999 and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2011 for his contributions to literature.


Mashkoor Hussain Yaad was born in 1925 at Dabwali, Hisar of East Punjab (now part of Haryana). "Yaad" was his pen name and was added to his name when he became a poet. At a young age, his family moved to Muzaffarnagar District in Uttar Pradesh, where his father became a police officer.

He got married in 1943. Two weeks after Partition in 1947, his house was attacked and 35 of his family members were killed, including his wife and his three-year-old daughter.[3] Only Yaad and his father survived the attack and migrated to Pakistan. In Pakistan, Yaad and his father initially lived in Multan, Pakistan.

He died in 2017 at the age of 90.[4] On the occasion of his death, Shehbaz Sharif, then Chief Minister of Punjab, publicly expressed his condolences and said that Yaad's contribution to Urdu literature will be remembered for a long time.[5]

Literary career

Just before he graduated from school, Yaad became editor of the newspaper Pukar. In his capacity as editor, Yaad was able to closely observe India's independence movement and the Pakistan movement. He also met and interviewed leaders of these movements, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru.[6]

In Pakistan, his literary career was re-launched after he became Professor of Urdu at Government College, Lahore and published Azadi Ki Chiragh.

Though not a member of Pakistan's Progressive Writers Association, he was friends with many of its members, especially Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi. Qasmi and Yaad even lived in the same neighbourhood in Lahore, Samanabad's Zafar Colony, along with the poet and lyricist Qateel Shifai, also a close friend.

Along with Qasmi and others, Yaad is featured in a recently published compilation of interviews with Pakistan's major literary figures.[7]


Books of Yaad include:[8]

  • Bardasht
  • Ghalid Botiqa
  • Ghalib Ki Taba-e-nukta Joo
  • Goongi Nazmein
  • Meer Anees ki Shairana Baseerat
  • Meer-e-Balonsh
  • Mutala-e-Dabeer
  • Azadi ki Chiragh

Awards and Recognition

  • Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1999
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2011.[9]


  1. "Mashkoor Hussain Yaad's funeral today". Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. "Azadi Ke Charagh / آزادی کے چراغ". Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. "Story Map |". Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. "Rubaru — a compilation of interviews of famous literary personalities". Daily Times. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  5. APP, Fawad Maqsood | (2017-11-12). "CM grieved at Mashkoor Yaad's death". Brecorder. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  6. "Story Map |". Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  7. "Rubaru — a compilation of interviews of famous literary personalities". Daily Times. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  8. "Urdu Books of Mashkoor Husain Yaad". Rekhta. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  9. "President announces 185 civilian awards". The Express Tribune. 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2020-08-21.

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