Zahida Hina (Urdu: زاہدہ حنا) is a noted Urdu columnist, essayist, short story writer, novelist and dramatist from Pakistan.[1]

Zahida Hina
Alma materuniversity of Karachi
(m. 1970; div. 1992)
ChildrenSyed Zeryoun Elia, Fainnana and Sohaina[1]


Zahida was born in India, after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, her father, Muhammad Abul Khair, emigrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, where Zahida was brought up and homeschooled until she started her formal education from 7th class at Happy Home School.[2] She wrote her first story when she was nine years old. She graduated from University of Karachi, and her first essay was published in the monthly Insha in 1962. She chose journalism as a career in mid-60s. In 1970, she married the well-known poet Jaun Elia. Zahida Hina was associated with the daily Jang from 1988 until 2005 when she moved to the Daily Express, Pakistan. She now lives in Karachi. Hina has also worked for Radio Pakistan, BBC Urdu and Voice of America.

Since 2006, she has written a weekly column, Pakistan Diary in Rasrang, the Sunday magazine of India's largest read Hindi newspaper, Dainik Bhaskar.


Zahida Hina has written more than two thousand journalistic articles. Many of her short stories have been translated into English, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. Some of her important titles are:

  • Qaidi sans leta hai (collection of short stories)[1]
  • Titlian dhondhne wali (collections of stories)
  • Raqs-i-bismil hai (collections of stories)
  • Rah main ajal hai (collection of short stories)
  • Na junoon raha na pari rahi (short novel)
  • Dard ka Shajar (Novel)
  • Dard-e-Ashob (Novel)
  • Zard Paton ka ban (TV Drama)
  • The House of Loneliness (Zahida Hina's short stories translated into English)[3]

She is a known critic of nuclear technology for any purpose (military or civilian).

Her books have been translated into English by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Samina Rahman and Muhammad Umar Memon.[3]


  • Faiz Award
  • Literary Performance Award
  • Saghir Siddiqui Adabi Award
  • K. P. Award
  • Sindh Speaker Award
  • SAARC Literary Award in 2001 by the President of India[4][1]

In August 2006, she was nominated for Pakistan's highest award, the Presidential Award Pride of Performance, which she declined as a mark of protest against the military government in Pakistan[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Zahida Hina interview: Challenging the mindset Dawn (newspaper), Published 16 December 2012, Retrieved 22 February 2018
  2. ^ Ashraf Hanif (4 November 2009), Aaj TV Success Story Zahida Hina Part02, archived from the original on 12 March 2021, retrieved 26 March 2019
  3. ^ a b Zahida Hina's translated short stories 'The House of Loneliness' launched Dawn (newspaper), Updated 9 May 2017, Retrieved 22 February 2018
  4. ^ KARACHI: Zahida Hina gets SAARC Award Dawn (newspaper), Published 27 December 2001, Retrieved 22 February 2018