Pakistan has not just rich history but it is also rich in terms of books and novels published by Pakistanis. Even though book reading trend has reduced to Internet yet there is a significant amount of people who are die hard fans of novels and books on various other subjects. This article is a little effort to show you some of the most popular and widely read Urdu novels that are no less than Hollywood movies.

Imran Series and Jasoosi Dunya is a series of novels that is no less awesome than James Bond, while Umr-o-Ayyar and other listed novel series are as awesome as Harry Potter series. If are a book reader, you probably have read most of them, if you are beginner, must read these Urdu novels too.

1) Umr-o-Ayaar

Amir Hamza & Umro Ayyar collections were first published centuries ago – around 1100 AD – a collection of stories written to entertain the Muslim Emperors who ruled at the time. In their original form, these stories spread over thousands of pages, tens of volumes – Maqbool Jehangir (Amir Hamza Collection) & Akhtar Rizvi (Umro Ayyar Collection) have shortened the length and translated them into everyday, contemporary Urdu. The stories are gripping, full of suspense, horror, black magic, fantasy & action; these stories were here before Tolkien wrote his 'Lord of the Rings' and if we dare say so – are much better than Tolkien’s work.

2) Imran Series

Imran Series is one of the best-selling Urdu spy novels series created by Pakistani writer Ibn-e-Safi. Ali Imran is the pivotal character, a comical secret agent who controls the Secret Service as X-2 but appears to work as a normal member of the Secret Service. Except a handful of people, no one knows his status being the chief of the Service. The first book, Khaufnaak Imarat (The Terrifying Building), was published in October 1955. In early books Imran appears as a solo detective, however, later in ninth book, Dhuaen ki Tehreer (The Scribbling in Smoke), he is portrayed as the chief of Secret Service as X-2. In this series by Mr. Safi had written a total of 120 books.

3) Jasoosi Dunya Series

Jasoosi Dunya is a popular series of Urdu detective stories created by Ibne-Safi. Its first novel, Dilaer Mujrim was published in March 1952. In the following 27 years, Ibn-e-Safi wrote 127 books in the series with his last Jasoosi Dunya novel, Sehra'ee Deewana appearing in July 1979, a year before his death.

4) Inspector Jamshaid Series

The Inspector Jamshed series was written by Pakistani author Ishtiaq Ahmad. It is a series of crime novels and features a detective, Inspector Jamshed, who solved crimes with the help of his three children, Mehmood, Farooq & Farzana. The series was started in late 70s and went on for three decades in which Ishtiaq Ahmad wrote about 400 novels featuring these characters. Some of them were special issues, 'Khas Numbers', with up to 2,000 pages. Now in 2016 there are above to 1000 novels of 'Inspector Jamshed' series written by Ishtiaq Ahmed.

5) Devta Series

The author Mohiuddin Nawab, a well-known social story writer of Pakistan, has written more than 500 stories. Spanning 56 volumes, Devta is the longest continuously-published stories on record.

6) Devi Series

Tahir Javed Mughal, the author of Devi series, has written more than 100 novels spanning several hundred books. Fantasy, thrill, horror, his novels intelligently includes multiple genres in it.

7) Anwar Alegi Novels

Anwar Alegi is known for novels with amazing plots and creating scenarios that thrills the reader. He, too, has written over hundred novels on horror, fantasy, thrill, crime and other genres.

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