Ratings of Urdu Columnists

We recently conducted a survey in November 2008 through our visitors to get their feedback on their favorite Urdu Columnists. The Results of the survey has been compiled and summarized below.

Javed Chaudhry topped the survey through accumulative ratings, followed by Haroon Rasheed with almost similar ratings. Haroon Rasheed scored best on the First Choice of visitors, followed by other columnists.

The survey was limited to first 500 samples and every user was asked to rate his 5 most favorite columnists. 21 votes were declared null due to repetitive votes from same person. The ratings were calculated by using weights for each position of the choice in descending order. The weight for Top Choice was 5, Second Choice was 4 and so on.

We could not calculate the ratings of the News Papers/Organizations these columnists are associated with, as we did not have full data of the organizations.

We used an independent third party engine from Survey Gizmo to conduct this survey, and it is available to 3rd party for auditing purpose.

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Top Urdu Columnists

Comparative Ratings of Urdu Columnists:

Ratings of Urdu Columnists by Positions:

Javed Chaudhry — 1447
Haroon Rasheed — 1438
Irfan Siddiqui — 1005
Rauf Klasra — 561
Irshad Ahmad Haqqani — 516
Hassan Nisar — 376
Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi — 369
Hamid Mir — 250
Nazir Naji — 187
Abdullah Tariq Sohail — 151
Abdul Qadir Hassan — 136
Abbass Atthar — 127
Ansar Abbasi — 100
Orya Maqbool Jan — 61
Ajmal Niazi — 56
Ayaz amir — 48
Talat Hussain — 48
Ikram Sehgal — 44
Dr. Safdar Mehmood — 41
Aftab iqbal — 17
Dr. Shahid Masood — 16
Asghar Ali Shad — 15
Auria Maqbool Jan — 11
Sarwat Jamal Asmai — 11
Shahnawaz Farooqi — 9
Saleem Safi — 8
Anwar Raja — 5
Attar shah khan jaidi — 5
Dr. Aamir Liaquat — 5
Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan — 5
Khalid Masood — 5
Munno Bhai — 5
Shaheen Sebahi — 5
Tariq Ahmad — 5
Tausif Ahmed Khan — 5
Aamir Hashim Khakvani — 4
Muhammad Amir Hashim Khakwani — 4
Uncle surgam — 4
Yasir pirzada — 4
Zahida hina — 4
Aqmmar chaudhary — 3
Dr Shahid Hassan Siddiqui — 3
Hameed Akhtar — 3
Imtiaz Alam — 3
Kamal Nizami — 3
Khursheed Ahmad Nadeem — 3
Nazir Lagari — 3
Aamer Liaqat — 2
Imran Khan — 2
Khawaja Pervaiz — 2
Mujeebur Rehman Shami — 2
Shafqat Mahmood — 2
Aosaf Rafique — 1
Asghar Nadeem Syed — 1
Athar Hashmi — 1
Athar Shah Khan — 1
Jewan Khan — 1
Khushnood Khan — 1
Nayyer Zaidi — 1
Raees Fatima — 1
Rizwan Shoukat — 1
Taufeeq Butt — 1



  • Mohsin December 22, 2008 6:19 pm

    Where is Harron Rasheed. Has he neen abducted by Puki Army ????

  • earthzerathz December 22, 2008 6:23 pm

    Javed Ch is good.

  • earthzerathz December 22, 2008 6:24 pm

    Very good survey. Surprised to see Hassan Nisar on 6th position.

  • Bilal647 December 22, 2008 6:36 pm

    yaar aap logo ko survey ki pardey hai aur udher india pak ka problem chal raha hai…PAF on high alert, INDIAN FIRINGS ON CONTROL LINE + HIGH ALERT IN ISB HOSPITALS, PLEASE PAY SOME ATTENTION THERE.

    Proof of news:

  • Faisal December 22, 2008 7:33 pm


    Can someone tell where is Haroon Rasheed these days and why is he not writing columns anymore?

  • Shaz December 22, 2008 7:45 pm

    Well seems little unfair with Irshad Haqqani. Such a good writer he is.Although everybody else in the survey is well placed but i really dont think that IH should have been there, where he is in the chart. Bit sad to see this

  • Faisal Gaba December 22, 2008 7:49 pm

    Javed Chaudary is really very very good. can I get his email address and cell phone number. Hassan Nisar is also my favourite. I am still waiting Hassan Nisar’s show CHORAHA.

  • Faisal Gaba December 22, 2008 7:53 pm

    Can you guys please post the Hassan Nisar show CHORAHA. Faisal Gaba, chicago, USA

  • sam33r December 22, 2008 8:38 pm

    Haroon Rasheed hosting a program on dunya news

  • lofty December 22, 2008 8:51 pm

    Oriya maqbool jan got only 61 votes. What the hell! I dont believe in these surveys. Has any of you ever read maqbool jan? He is best writer in whole world word.

  • gditpp December 22, 2008 9:09 pm

    The survey reflects the mindset of educated Pakistanis(those with ability to read urdu that is). With this mindset, no wonder we as a nation find ourselves in deep shit today. “Nasim Hijazittes”, the story tellers of our supposed glorious past top the list. What a shame.

  • ghayoor December 22, 2008 9:28 pm

    This survey is biased , as you didnt include hamid mir name there..

  • Rashid December 22, 2008 10:46 pm


    Not that I am a fan of Nasim Hijazi, but to call columnist like Javed Ch a “Nasim Hijazittes” is insult to Nasim Hijazi. At least he had the conviction with which he wrote those novels glamorizing the Islamic history. He (Nasim Hijazi) did not contort the facts.

    If you listen to JC’s stories carefully, there are a lot of facts conveniently ignored, a lot of facts twisted to suit what he wants to convey to the people and some times outright lies, which results in the form of semi-illiterate people being emotionally blackmailed.

  • Rashid December 22, 2008 10:55 pm

    ^ *semi-literate*

  • abbas26 December 22, 2008 11:27 pm

    Javed ch., no doubt is best

  • Londener December 22, 2008 11:27 pm

    well friends, what about Rauf Clasra? He does not deserve to be no. 4. I would rather say he is a lifafa journalist. as an example. i would like to quote that he wrote a column about a person known as “SHOAIB BITHAL as an angel for Pakistani students”. in actual, this guy is one of the famous black mailer if some one joins his company AA security in london. He even works for some fake colleges to produce PSW fake visas. and v people are giving Rauf clasra no. 4 who actually writes for his friends or for some other means…..

    think about it….

  • Munir Solangi December 23, 2008 2:34 am

    @ghayoor sahib,

    I agree with you.Survey is baised because they never included the name of Hamid Mir.He is the most popular columnist in the interior Sindh.Javed Chaudhry is a good columnist but how a confused person like Haroon Rashid got number 2 position?I cannot read him in one go.He is simply a spokesperson of Imran Khan and that is why pkpolitics gave him number 2.

  • admin pkpolitics December 23, 2008 7:40 am

    @Munir Solangi,

    1- The Survey is not biased, the voters are biased.

    2- For the sake of convenience of visitors, we pre-filled a few names of full-time & regular columnists. This did not stop anyone to choose their favorite columnists at any position from 1-5, as you can see more than 60 columnists voted above.

    If you or anyone has any doubt on the transparency of survey, we can allow any independent body / news organization to audit the survey, which was also done by a third party.


  • hajveri December 23, 2008 8:11 am

    well well well! our friends who have been criticizing Javed Ch aimlessly should wake up and maybe start respecting him a little for democracy sake…. 🙂

  • hajveri December 23, 2008 8:20 am

    by the way Javed Ch is not my personal hero or somthing but he’s no doubt very good…everyone who critisize him for his so called story-telling-style are entitled to their opinion (thats what democracy says)…

    so i’m entitled to my opinion as well i.e our friends who criticize him and get annoyed by him will turn up into Nazir Naji or Hasan Nisar kinda thing when they’re old… 🙂

  • Rashid December 23, 2008 10:27 am

    Well, Nazir Naji and Hasan Nisar are the worst of the worst writers. I like Ayaz Amir only. He talks sense most of the times.

  • khawar khan December 23, 2008 11:41 am

    Good job done

  • alpa December 23, 2008 12:52 pm

    what about Dr aq Khan, he wrote some real thought provoking articles just recently.

  • hirraman December 23, 2008 5:54 pm

    harooon kahaaaan hooooo?

  • irshad khan December 23, 2008 6:47 pm

    Dr. Shahid Masood does a good job too.

  • innsider December 23, 2008 7:20 pm

    your comments are purely personal level.its amazing allegation on Rauf klasra that his friend is doing some kind of fake business.cloumnists are not responsible to inforce the law on someone personal deeds.
    i think in his columns,he only describes him as his school or college mate only.he never recomend him to anyone to facilitate any kind of business.”By the way” you “Londener”seems Business Rival to the same business.How much you charge for the fake visa facility ? and please Mr.Londener,what is this PSW fake Visa means ? i believe, you know better your business.
    as for as your choice as a columnist, you are free to debate on that.
    but as a pakistani papers reader, i found mr.klasra only in very few columnists,who darely stands against all culprits.

  • indocyanine December 24, 2008 12:35 am

    Dear Innsider,

    Why you are taking Londoner,s allegations so seriously and taking pain to save Rauf Kalasra, I doubt you yourself seems to be RK atleast to me. The fact is that he writes crap,glorifying London’s depressing weather and crying for his lost Greek friend Katherine all the times.

  • inam ul haq December 24, 2008 4:10 am

    i am happy to see there is no nazir naji .he is puppit of every govt .i dont have any single stand he change with govt

  • dara December 24, 2008 7:27 am

    i congratulate four others who picked munno bhai.

  • innsider December 24, 2008 2:12 pm

    yaar kiun ghussa kartay ho,lagta hay aap Londener kay dosray business partner ho.
    log bilawajah jealous ho jatay hain.Allah nay ussay izzat dee hay,tumharay kehnay say na izzat khatam ho ge,na London ka depressing mousam badlay ga,aur by the way………na hi kisi aur ko
    greek friend kathrine millay ge.
    aur woh jissay chahay izzat day,aur jissay chahay Greek………
    coool man

  • innsider December 24, 2008 2:14 pm

    good servey.

  • writerspanel2 December 24, 2008 2:41 pm

    Salam everyone

    Well, first of all we should think how many people are visiting this site and how many of them actually took part in that survey. Like my friend and I are regular visitors of this site but I took part in this survey and he did not.

    Ustad e mohtaram Javed Chaudhry has an art to attract a common reader and once a reader starts reading his article he/she doesnt want to leave it till end. We should accept and appreciate this quality of Javed Chaudhry. At least he has been trying his best to show a right way to a common man.

    Hassan Nisar, Abdul Qadir Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Hamid mir, Talat Hussain and many others, no doubt, are top writer but a common man, most of the times becomes confused at the begining of reading their articles and he/she leaves that article and jump over to another column. To understand their columns, one should have good urdu vocabulary and desire to get deep knowledge of surroundings.

    I dont think we should speak against any famous or non famous writer. Yes I do agree that there are few writers who always like to flatter top Govt Officials but still they come up with good and informative articles.

    Best wishes to all pkpolitics admin and website visitors.

  • innsider December 24, 2008 2:45 pm

    @admin (staff)
    and all…………
    Merry Christmas and
    to all.

  • innsider December 24, 2008 11:26 pm

    theek kaha hay aap nay.Good.
    lekin samajh nahi aya aap nay yeh sara tabsara sirf apnay Ustad A Mohtaram ki shan mein Qaseeda kaha hay ya ham jaisay kam aqal logon ko hidayat dee hay?
    column ki craft kia hona chaheay,yeh aik ghoor talab masla hay.aur iss par koi parha likha shayd kabhi koi tabsara farmay.lekin bahut see khanion ko bhi aaj kal column kaha janay laga hay……..kahani ka element koi ziada buri baat nahi hay,lekin column aur TV talk shows agar storiy telling ho kar reh jaay ,to meray zaati khayal mein column ki roooh zaror mutasir ho gee.baki aap khud samajhdar hain.

  • writerspanel2 December 25, 2008 4:20 am

    Dear ‘Innsider’

    I am really sorry if my sentences caused any distress but honestly speaking I had No intentions of doing that.

    I have given the title of Ustaad e Mohtaram to Javed Chaudhry bcz I have learnt a lot from his articles and face to face meetings. Also, in my 3rd paragraph the names I mentioned were more senior and intellectual persons and again, few of them are my Mohtaram Usaatza e keraam but if people like to read Javed Chaudhry we cannot stop them.

    I never used or had any intentions to use the word ‘Kam Aqal’ for you or anyone else. Aik naa-samajh aadmi kisi ko Kam Aqal keun kahay ga. I just tried to explain why the survey results had come like that.

    Every body has his/her own favourite writer and if his/her favourite writer doesnt get first position it doesnt mean that we should start blaming other writers. Funny enough, my favourite columnist is not even in top three but I am sorry just because of this reason I cannot start blaming Javed Chaudhry or any other.

    In short, we can get ‘ aqal or kaam ki baat’ from any writer/columnist…

    Many best wishes for newyear.

  • Munir Solangi December 25, 2008 9:02 am

    Zardari regime is threatening Ansar Abbasi.Just read the interview of Hamid Mir in the December issue of Newsline magazine.He revealed the dirty tactics of Musharraf against media which were not known to us before.Zardari is doing the same tactics.He is Musharraf-2.

  • innsider December 25, 2008 2:19 pm

    sorrry ,sorrry,and again sorrry.
    i reallly feeel sorry,and apreciate the way you explain.you are right,i agree with your comments.
    have a very good day.happy new year.

  • Londener December 26, 2008 12:05 am


    well, this time u r getting personal mr. innsider. it looks u r mr. HIS CLOSE FRIEND TOO whose column he has published for ur praise. it can happen as he writes about his friends in his columns esp Shoaib. BY THE WAY, KITNEY PAESE DIYE HAIN INNSIDER SAHIB KUCH HAMEIN BHE TUA PATA LAGE INSIDE STORY. any way it must be looking to u that i m speaking some thing non sense hahaha isnt it? dil pe nahin lene ka, KUCH AISA HE LAGA THA MUJHE BHE WHEN U SAID I CAN BE HIS PARTNER OR RIVAL. such tau karva he hota hai….

    i personally like CLASRA’S way of writing some times but this is hundered percent sure that he writes for SHOAIB BITHAL just for friendship and want him a very good thinker of Imran khan. Actually i saw myself some times ke shoaib kafi der tak utha ke rakhta hai clasra ke. if u google it out and check what he wrote about SHOAIB BITHAL. his column title was ” akhir shoaib IMRAN KHAN ke liye pareshan kiyon”. my foot….. i do not know mr. clasra more than columist but i know very well about Shoaib. he has eaten money of innocent students including myself. aur meri khuli jang hai us ke saath kiyon ke students come here to study in london and he black mails them. i m very soon posting about shoaib bithal to imran khan, even to rauf clasra and bolta pakistan. this guy even has run away from pakistan (mianwali, bhakkar) because he ate people’s money by fraud.

    here i shud tell that I only like imran khan in politics though he did some mistakes like not appearing for elections etc. but the day imran khan will give shoaib some ticket because of clasra efforts, i will quit his tehrik. it does not matter to any one but to me. i m very soon also writing to bolta pakistan and imran khan about this fake guy.

    by the way, PSW stands for post study work visa.

    i m sorry to tell this rubbish and wasted too much time. sorry about that. i personally like ayaz amir, ansar abbasi, haroon rashid.

    i know some one must be saying now. come to the topic now….

    waiting for too much galian from others but my intensions were not to get any way.hahaha

  • jameel December 26, 2008 1:53 pm

    In my view Nasim Zehar and Irshad Mahmood of the aajkal should be included in the top ten columnists. We should give some weight to serious writers instead of fiction ones.

    Pakistan need less sentiment and more substance but unfortunately people like tope ranking columnists just play with people sentiments and make their hay days nothing else.

    Khurshid Nadeem is not getting better ranking because he does not play with the readers emotions. Be realistic guys. Think why not Najam sethi is included in the list? It shows our collective intellectual bankruptcy. Jameel khan, Rawalpindi,

  • MIAN NADEEM December 26, 2008 3:29 pm

    javed chaudhry best
    Hasan Nisar is good
    Tariq Ahmad is good
    Kamal Nizami is favourite

  • qadirnawaz January 23, 2009 11:01 am

    Haroon Rasheed is the best.To understand his columns, one should have good urdu vocabulary and desire to get deep knowledge of surroundings
    Thanks n Regards
    Qadir Nawaz

  • khubaibahmed June 3, 2009 6:48 pm

    Main vari jaaoon in “doodh peenay waly majnoowon” par
    Rightists won
    Leftists lost

  • sanakhan April 22, 2011 6:14 am

    Irshad Ahmed Arif is another great writer . He must be included in the list .

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