ISLAMABAD – Acclaimed novelist Marghoob Ali Rahat, popularly known as MA Rahat breathed his last in Lahore on Monday.

The 76-year-old Rahat was admitted to Jinnah Hospital a week or so ago after his condition deteriorated and he went into coma. He had brain tumor and had developed medical complications.

His funeral was held at Awan Town and he was laid to rest at Karim Block graveyard. Rahat is survived by five sons and four daughters.

He penned down around 1,500 suspense, crime stories and novels in different periodicals and magazines.

Though Rahat was born and raised in Karachi, but owing to his writing business he moved to Lahore some 15 years ago.

His close friend and publisher Muhammad Ali Qureshi told Dawn news that in spite of being a good writer, he was ignored by the government.

His qul will be held at Masjid Rizwan, Awan Town, tomorrow (Wednesday).