An era of Urdu literature came to an end on Wednesday when the most celebrated humourist and satirist of our times passed away.
Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi died after a protracted illness in Karachi. He was 94.
Some of his most popular works include Chiragh Talay, Khakam-ba-dahan, Zarguzasht, Aab-E-gum and Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan.
In recognition of his contributions to Urdu literature, the government of Pakistan conferred upon him two highest literary awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
Yousufi was born on August 4, 1923 in the then princely state of Tonk in United India. His father was the political secretary of the state. Yousufi migrated to Pakistan in 1956 and became a career banker.
Yousufi was widely admired in the literary circles for his unique way of writing and subtle satire.
Literary circles, media persons and fans have expressed grief over the demise of the legendary writer and appreciated his contribution to Urdu literature.
Among his satires I remember one.
"The time we take teaching our children about few centuries old Muslim contribution in science, if we teach ten percent of that time on science of today it will be a favor to our kids."