Ashraf Shad is an Urdu novelist, writer and poet. He is an accomplished journalist, he worked as the Head of Urdu Service at SBS Radio, and was Australian correspondent for UNI, the Indian News Agency, besides editing and publishing daily and weekly newspapers and academic research magazines in different countries. Ashraf has authored 12 books including novels, collections of his poetry and a short story compilation. His award winning novel ‘Bewatan’ was translated and published in Hindi by a leading Delhi publisher.
Ashraf was born in Moradabad, India, migrated to Pakistan after partition, and lived in Hungary, USA, Kuwait and Bahrain among other countries, before migrating to Australia in 1989. ‘Ákhbar-e-Ishq’ (The Newspaper of Love) is a collection of his latest ghazals; next is a journalistic work, a collection of his interviews with Pakistani leaders like President Zia-ul-Haq, Benazir Bhutto, Imran Khan and many other leading Pakistani politicians. Ashraf’s third release is the critical evaluation of the work of legendary Urdu poet, Ahmad Fara