Ata ul Haq Qasmi

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Ata ul Haq Qasmi
عطا الحق قاسمی
Born (1943-02-01) February 1, 1943 (age 75)[1]
Amritsar, Punjab, India[2]
Residence Lahore, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Columnist,
Former Ambassador,
Former Professor of Urdu Literature
Known for witty columns in newspapers
Children Yasir Pirzada,[3]
Pirzada Muhammad Omar Qasmi
Pirzada Muhammad Ali Usman Qasmi

Ata ul Haq Qasmi (Urdu: عطا الحق قاسمی‎) is a Pakistani Urdu language newspaper columnist, playwright and poet. He has written around twenty books and many articles on different subjects for the leading newspapers of Pakistan.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Qasmi was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India in 1943. His family is of Kashmiri roots.[5] His father Maulana Baha ul Haq Qasmi used to teach at MAO High School and MAO College in Amritsar.[2] After independence of Pakistan in 1947, his family migrated to Pakistan and first settled in Wazirabad and later moved to Lahore where he finished his high school. He then graduated from MAO College, Lahore.[2] He first joined the Urdu language newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt as a sub-editor where the renowned journalist Majid Nizami was the editor. Later he started writing columns for Daily Jang and many other newspapers.[2]

The most distinguished character of Qasmi's column is his satire on social inequalities of the society and his anti-dictatorship stance which he boldly takes in his columns. He has a unique style of writing compared to any other columnist due to the humorous way he handles even the serious issues in the country.[6] He served as the Ambassador of Pakistan in Norway and Thailand from 1997 to 1999. His books and newspaper columns include "Column Tamam", "Shar Goshiyan", "Hansna Rona Mana Hay", "Mazeed Ganjey Farishtey and many more while his TV Drama Serials include the most popular PTV TV dramas Khawaja and Son (1988), "Shab Daig" and "Sheeda Taili". His travelogues Shoq-e-Awargi and Goron kay des mein are widely read and popular among the readers.[6] In early 2015, he was serving as the honorary Chairman of the Lahore Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan.[7]

Veteran Pakistani journalist Altaf Gauhar had once named him the wittiest newspaper columnist in Pakistan. The well-known writer Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi has called him the best newspaper columnist in the country.[4]

In 2015, he was appointed Chairman for Pakistan Television Corporation, a state-owned institution, where he served till December 2017.[8][6] He has been associated and involved with Pakistan Television for over 35 years as a playwright.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^, Poetry and personal info (birth date) of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on website, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016
  2. ^ a b c d, Profile of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on website, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016
  3. ^, Yasir Pirzada (son of Ata ul Haq Qasmi) on website, Retrieved 14 Nov 2016
  4. ^ a b, Profile of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on Pakistan Times newspaper, Retrieved 14 Nov 2016
  5. ^ Shahab Ansari (20 February 2018), "Ataul Haq Qasmi debunks myths about his state TV stint", The News International. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d, Profile of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on website, Retrieved 14 Nov 2016
  7. ^, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, chairman, Lahore Arts Council, Retrieved 14 Nov 2016
  8. ^, Ata ul Haq Qasmi appointed Chairman of Pakistan Television Corporation on Aaj TV website, Published 31 Dec 2015, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016
  9. ^, Profile of Ata ul Haq Qasmi on Pakistan Press Foundation website, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016
  10. ^, Ata ul Haq Qasmi's Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 24 March 2014, Retrieved 15 Nov 2016

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