Patras Bokhari


Syed Ahmed Shah   (commonly known as Patras Bokhari - پطرس بخاری) HI, (1 October 1898, Peshawar – 5 December 1958, New York) was an Urdu humourist, educator, essayist, broadcaster and diplomat from Pakistan. He is best known for his humorous writings in Urdu literature.


Born in a Kashmiri family[citation needed] of Peshawar, Bokhari received his early education in the city of his birth and in 1916 moved from Islamia College Peshawar to attend Government College, Lahore. After completing his Masters in English he was appointed as lecturer at the same institution.[citation needed]Bokhari left Government College, Lahore in 1925 in order to complete a Tripos in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.[citation needed] Many years later, the Bokhari English Prize was established there in his honour.[2][3]In 1927, he returned to Government College, Lahore, and as a Professor remained there until 1939.[citation needed]
Before the formation of Pakistan in 1947, he was the Director General of All India Radio.[citation needed] Being a Professor of English Literature, he also served as the Principal of Government College, Lahore from 1947 to 1950. The Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Noon Meem Rashid, were among his students.[citation needed] After the formation of Pakistan, he served as the first permanent representative of Pakistan in the United Nations from 1951–1954.[citation needed] From 1954-1958 he remained as the Under Secretary of the UN, Head of Informon. He died during his diplomatic service and is buried in New York.[citation needed]


  • In 1945 he was awarded the Companion of the Indian Empire (CIE) Award.[citation needed]
  • In October 1998, to mark his birth centenary, the government of Pakistan issued a postage stamp with his photograph under the series, "Pioneers of Pakistan".[citation needed]
  • On 14 August 2003 President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, announced the conferment of Hilal-e-Imtiaz, the country's second highest civilian award, posthumously on Bokhari.[citation needed]
  • He is listed among the Amazing Pakistanis in the Amazing Pakistani statespersons for his diplomatic contributions in early years of Pakistan [1]
  • New York Times remembered him as the 'Citizen of the World' in an obituary [2]

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