Intizar Husain (1923–2016) was a Pakistani writer of Urdu novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. He is widely recognised as a leading literary figure of Pakistan. He wrote short stories, novels and poetry in Urdu, and also literary columns for Dawn newspaper and Daily Express newspaper. The Seventh Door, Leaves and Basti are among his books that have been translated into English. Among the five novels he wrote — Chaand Gahan (1952), Din Aur Daastaan (1959), Basti (1980), Tazkira (1987), Aage Samandar Hai (1995) — Basti received global praise. His other writings include Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka Tales, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye.