KARACHI - Prominent satirist, Urdu humour writer and banker Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi Wednesday passed away at the age of 94 years.

Mushtaq Yusufi was suffering from pneumonia and had been in a private hospital for several days. He was on a ventilator after his health deteriorated and the doctors pronounced his death Wednesday.

He was awarded Hilal-e-Imtaiz in 1999 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2002 by the federal government for his highest literary honour.

After migration from India, Yusufi, joined Muslim Commercial Bank to begin banking career. In 1965, he joined Allied Bank as its managing director, went to the United Bank as its president in 1974 and became the chairman of Pakistan Banking Council in 1977. In 1979, he was appointed as an adviser to the Bank of Commerce and Credit International. He was also awarded Quaid-i-Azam Memorial Medal for his distinguished services in the banking circle.

He was born on September 4, 1923, in Jaipur, India, where he completed his early education in Rajputana and earned BA degree from Agra University and MA Philosophy as well as LLB from Aligarh Muslim University. Yusufi hailed from a Yousufzai Pathan family. His father Abdul Karim Khan Yousufi was the chairman of Jaipur Municipality. Later, he became speaker of the Jaipur Legislative Assembly. After the Indian partition, his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan.

Various prominent humour books, including Charagh Talay (1961), Khakam-ba-dahan (1969), Zarguzasht (1976), Aab-i-gum (1990), Sham-e-Shair-e-Yaaraan (2014) were on his credit.

Journalist Tauseef Ahmed Khan expressed deep grief over the demise of the legendry writer and said the work done by Yusufi would be remembered forever. He was an iconic satirist who had ability to shed light on different social aspects in a polite manner,” said Tauseef Ahmed Khan. He added: “We are very proud to live in the time of Mushtaq Yusufi Sahib. His all books are masterpieces in Urdu literature which would keep on promoting Urdu language forever.” Dr Touseef said Mushtaq Yusufi has his own style of writing. “When his first book ‘Charagh Talay’ was written in 1961, I was very young at that time, but he gave me another aspect of life. I am fond of his writings and he helped me to love Urdu literature,” he said.

Arts Council General Secretary Ijaz Farooqui expressed sorrow over the sad demise of prominent humour writer Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. In a statement, he said it is a big loss to Urdu literature. “Although we know that everybody is bound to die, we are not ready to accept the demise of Yusufi Sahib. I don’t know when and how the gap created by his death would be filled. But as far as Urdu literature is concerned, we all are proud that we lived in the time of Yusufi Sahib,” Arts Council General Secretary Ijaz Farooqui said. He further said Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi’s work to promote Urdu literature would be remembered all over the country forever. He said his work for the arts council also would not be forgotten.

Top politicians, prominent writers, media personalities and the fans of Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of the legendry writer.

President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the death of Mushtaq Yusufi. The president prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul, a press release issued in Islamabad said. The president said late Yusufi’s literary contributions would be remembered for long.

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk also expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the death of Mushtaq Yusufi.

The prime minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul, PM office media wing said in a press release.

He paid tribute to late Yusufi’s contributions in the Urdu literature and observed that his name as a prominent Urdu humourist and satirist would be remembered forever.