Major contributor to Urdu literature and the publisher and editor of Funoon, a popular literary magazine. He was a recipient of both the Pride of Performance honor and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award.
He studied at the University of the Punjab, Lahore and joined the Progressive Writers Movement in the 1950s.
He published more than fifty books in a variety of genres.
He was born in Anga, India, and he grew up with a sister and a brother.
He and Rohinton Mistry were fellow Indian writers.