SHAHAB was born in Gilgit in 1917 and spent his childhood in Jammu.
He worked for some time in the civil service of India and later, after
Partition, joined the civil service of Pakistan where he held numerous
offices including that of Ambassador to the Netherlands. He is, however,
best known to Urdu readers as a master short-story writer and the main
architect of the Pakistan Writers Guild, a government-sponsored
agency for the organization and aid of Pakistani writers. His published
works include two collections of short stories and Ya Khuda!a
novella about the problem of rehabilitating the refugees made homeless
in the wake of Indias Partition. He died in 1986 shortly after
completing his voluminous autobiography Shahabnama.