Quotes of Mukhtar Masood

Pic of Mukhtar Masood - Mukhtar Masood PhotoLife History: Mukhtar Masood was born in Aligarh on 7th June 1927. His father, Shaikh Ataullah who was in the Department of Economics in Aligarh Muslim University (now in India) was an expert on Alama Iqbal, the philosopher-poet (during his student days in Lahore, he was quite close to Iqbal).
Mukhtar Masood, was an outstanding Pakistani writer and bureaucrat. He has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards by the Government of Pakistan.

He was among the very few graduates of Sir Syed’s Muslim University Aligarh who completed the studies from class one to M.A. at the same place.

Mukhtar Masood took the first competitive examination for the Central and Superior Services of Pakistan (CSP) which was held in January 1949. He stood third in the examination, and became a Civil Servant in the newly emerged dominion. After getting into the Superior Services, he gradually rose to become a commissioner, federal secretary, chairman of the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan (ADBP) and Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD).

When Mukhtar Masood was the Chairman of ADBP (now Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd), he oversaw the completion of a new multi-story building of the bank in Islamabad. Such high-profile buildings are usually inaugurated by the president or the prime minister. Going out of his way, Masood ordered that the new building would be inaugurated neither by the President nor by the Prime Minister but by whosoever was bank’s senior most peon.

His close lieutenants at the ADBP tried to get the strange decision reversed by telling him that the prime minister in those days was very vindictive and the first thing he would do in such an event was to order his prompt dismissal. Concealed threats of dismissal, however, failed to unnerve him and, for the first time in Islamabad’s  history, the most graceful of the federal capital’s buildings was actually inaugurated by a shy, old, semi-literate class IV employee of the bank.

He passed away in Lahore on April 15, 2017.

He has written following books:-
Awaz-e-Dost  (1973) A first-hand account of the creation of Pakistan.
Safar-e-Naseeb (1981)  A travelogue.
Loh-e-Ayyam (1996)  A first-hand account of the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

'Awaz e Dost' written by Mukhtar Masood      'Safar e Naseeb' written by Mukhtar Masood         'Loh e Ayyam' written by Mukhtar Masood

His first book, ‘Awaz e Dost’, was a milestone in Urdu prose. He enthralled the reader with his language and style. He also narrated the role of Aligarh and its students in creation of Pakistan.

Quaid e Azam’s Visits to Aligarh Muslim University. Narrated by Mukhtar Masood in ‘Awaz e Dost’.

Quaid e Azam's visits to Aligarh Muslim University narrated by Mukhtar Masood in 'Awaz e Dost'

Taraqi Aur Shujaat (Progress and Bravery)

Quotations of Mukhtar Masood : Taraqi aur Shujaat (Progress and Bravery) - Inspirational Quotes of Mukhtar Masood

Kursi Kay Hasool Kay Asool

Mukhtar Masood's inspirational Quotes: Kursi kay hasool kay asool - Quotations of Mukhtar Masood

Faasla (Distance) Zehn Mein Hota Hai

Mukhtar Masood's inspirational Quotes: Faasla Zehn mein hota hai - Quotations of Mukhtar Masood

Mukhtar Masood narrates about Marshal Tito’s visit to Badshahi Mosque Lahore

Mukhtar Masood in his book 'Awaz e Dost' narrates about Marshal Tito's visit to Badshahi Mosque Lahore

Different Styles of Hakoomat‘ (Governance)

Quotations of Mukhtar Masood : Different Styles of Hakkomat (Governance) - Inspirational Quotes of Mukhtar Masood

When Quaid e Azam was making History

'Awaz e Dost' by Mukhtar Masood - When Jinnah was making History - Quaid e Azam's visit Aligarh 1942

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  1. ردو ادب کا دیو ملائی کردار ،مختار مسعود .الله میاں مرحوم کے درجات بلند کریں .امین

    • Jo bhi Mukhtar Masood sb ko parhta hai un ka shaidai ho jata hai .. Magar ab un ki kitabain bazar main dastiyab nahin hain .. Kisi ko maloom hai agar kahin say mil sakain ? Main nay Ferozsons say bhi maloon kiya magar nahin milin ….. Computer per parhnay ka wo maza nahin………………


  2. Mukhtar Masood sb nay bahut shandar likha hai, aur aisay likhnay walay urdu adab may bahut nayab hain. Unhon nay ‘quality’ par samjotha nahi kia, ‘quantity’ kay chakkar may.
    Unki nai kitab ka intizar hai….

  3. Arif Khan says:

    I am extremely fond of Mukhtar Masood Sb and want to read more and more about him and his literary work.

  4. May I download free Awaz-e-Doost and from what website?

  5. Syed Aamir Hameed says:

    My father Syed Abdul Hameed studied with him from class one to M.A. and lost his contact during the last few years and searched, my father has just passed away we are trying to find out about Mukhtar sahib if any one can assist.

    Best Regards



  6. I read Mr. Mukhtar Masood’s Minar-e-Pakistan during Dec 1971 War in Chamb published in a Karachi magazine ‘Naqsh’. Subsequently I got the book from Oxford University Press and read it many times since, distributed over 100 copies to various colleges and schools.
    I have a review written by Mr. Abual Fazal, a renowned writer from Karachi, published in Afkar magazine in 1972. I have preserved since then and hope to present this rare piece to you personally. Let me know your address at #4 Central Avenue, Fazaia Colony, Rawalpindi.

  7. I wish I can meet him, I am his big fan.

  8. Iftikhar Ahmed says:

    Mukhtar Sahab, aap kuch muzeed likhain please.

    • Sundas Khalid says:

      I strongly agree, I wish I could meet him.

      • Dr. Nasir (Editor Adab e Mualla, Lahore) says:

        ناممکن ۔ وہ ‘چھوٹوں’ سے ملنا پسند نہیں کرتے

        • جی نہیں ڈاکٹر ناصر صاحب۔۔۔۔ وہ ہر طرح کے لوگوں سے ملتے رہے ہیں۔ اب بڑھاپے کی وجہ سے ملنا ملانا بہت کم ہو گیا ہے۔ میں ایک معمولی سا آدمی ہوں۔ مجھے ان سے ملاقات کا شرف حاصل ہو چکا ہے۔ اللہ پاک ان کے وقت اور عمر میں برکت عطا فرمائے۔ آجکل علی گڑھ یونیوسٹی پر ایک کتاب تحریر فرما رہے ہیں۔ اللہ کریم انھیں اسے خود شائع کرنے کی مہلت عطا فرمائیں۔ اللہ پاک انھیں آخرت میں سُرخروئی عطا فرمائیں۔

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