LAHORE – Renowned Urdu novelist and short story writer Bano Qudsia has died after a protracted illness, her family confirmed on Saturday.

Bano Qudsia, 88, was under treatment over the past 10 days at a Lahore hospital.

Born 1928, Qudisa Bano was a writer, playwright and spiritualist. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh.

She also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages.

Bano Qudsia was the wife of late Ashfaq Ahmed, Pakistan’s legendary writer, playwright and broadcaster.

Condolences from all quarters are pouring in, and different media portals and journalists were quick to mourn the death of Pakistan’s legendary writer on social media.

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