Altaf Fatima: The Popular Urdu Novelist of Pakistan

Altaf Fatima: The Popular Urdu Novelist of Pakistan

Altaf Fatima (Urdu: الطاف فاطمہ‎; born in the year of 1927 in Lucknow, British India) is a famous Urdu novelist, short-story writer, and teacher (specializing in Muhammad Iqbal). Her novel Dastak Na Do (“Do not knock “) is regarded as one of the defining works in the Urdu language. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan television and an abridged translation was serialized by the Karachi monthly, Herald.

Additional information

The novel of Altaf Fatima Dastak Na Do has been translated into the language of English by Rukhsana Ahmed.

Works of Altaf Fatima


  • Dastak Naa Do (do not knock)
  • Nishaan-i-Mehfil
  • Chulta Musafir
  • Khwabger
  • naghme ka qatal

Collection of Short Stories

  • Jub Diwaaren Girya Kurti Hain
  • Taar-i-Unkaboot
  • Woh Jisay Chaha Gaya
  • conductor


  • Barrey Aadmi, Aur Unke Nazariyat, a collection of political essays
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird into Urdu




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