Great Urdu mystery writer Ibne Safi
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:40
Posted by Parvez Jabri
ISLAMABAD: A great and unique mystery writer of Urdu Ibne Safi
remembered on his death anniversary on Friday.
He is best known for his stories of Imran
Series.His creation `Imran' an extremely intelligent but comic agent is
still popular among readers of all ages.
Ibne safi's witty stories capture full
concentration of the reader and they enjoy every word of the story
fully. The readers cannot stop reading Ibne Safi's stories till the
Ibne Safi was born on July 26, 1928, in the
village of Nara in Allahabad District, U.P., India. His parents,
Safiullah and Nuzaira Bibi, named him Asrar Ahmed at birth. It was much
later that he came to be known as Ibne Safi.
Ibne Safi started writing at a young age. When he
was in seventh grade, his first story appeared in the weekly Shahid,
which was edited by Aadil Rasheed.
Ibne Safi also started writing poetry in eighth
In 1947, Ibne Safi enrolled in Allahabad
University, where Dr. Syed Ejaz Hussain's lectures further contributed
to his literary and mental growth.
In 1948, Abbas Hussaini founded Nakhat
Publications. Ibne Saeed was the Editor of the prose section, and Ibne
Safi became Editor of poetry.
His first story for The Nakhat was Farar (The
Escape), which was published in June 1948. Ibne Safi, however, was not
satisfied with his work.
With the advice of Ibne Safi, Abbas Hussaini made
arrangements for publishing monthly detective novels. The name of the
series was Jasoosi Duniya (The World of Espionage), and it was the first
time Ibne Safi started writing with the infamous pen name of Ibne Safi.
In 1955, Ibne Safi created a new character, Imran,
and started publishing the Imran Series. The first novel of this series
KHaufnaak Imarat (The Frightening Building) was published in August 1955
in Pakistan whereas the Indian edition was published in November 1955.
By June 1960, Ibne Safi had written the
eighty-eighth novel of Jasoosi Duniya (Prince Vehshee) and the
forty-first novel of Imran Series (Bay-Awaaz Sayyarah).
In 1975, a film producer, Muhammad Hussain Talpur
(aka Maulana Hippie), experimented with a film Dhamaka based on the
Imran Series novel Baibaakon Ki Talaash.
In September 1979, Ibne Safi suffered from
abdominal pains. By December of that year, it was confirmed these were a
result of cancer at the head of pancreas.
On Saturday July 26, 1980 Ibne Safi passed away.
His incomplete Imran Series novel Aakhri Aadmi was by his bedside.