Ilyas Sitapuri

Ilyas Sitapuri (30 October 1934 – 1 October 2003) was a Pakistani historical fiction writer. He is known for writing historical stories for Sabrang Digest and Suspense Digest. His popular stories and novels include, Kashmir Ki Kali, Daastan-e-Hoor, Bala Khanay Ki Dulhan, and Sikandar-e-Azam.

Ilyas Sitapuri
الیاس سیتا پوری
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Born(1934-10-30)30 October 1934
Sitapur, United Provinces, British India
Died1 October 2003 (aged 68)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Novelist
  • Historical writer
GenreHistorical fiction
Years active1950–2003
SpouseZia Tasneem Bilgrami

Early lifeEdit

Sitapuri was born as Muhammad Ilyas Khan on 30 October 1934, in Sitapur, British India. His family belonged to the Yusufzai tribe who had migrated to Sitapur during the era of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. In 1952, he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi.[1][2]

Writing careerEdit

Sitapuri started his writing career with children stories in the late 1940s. At the age of 16, he penned his first novel, "Shakar". After coming to Pakistan, he struggled as a writer and worked for different publishing institutions. In 1970, he was introduced to Shakeel Adilzada, the editor of Sabrang Digest. Then, he wrote his first historical story for the digest, Khan-e-Azam Ka Tohfa that was published in January 1971. He continued writing for Sabrang Digest until 1974. Then, in January 1975, he joined Suspense Digest and continuously wrote for it until his death. Sitapuri's stories and novels have also been published in India by the Shama Book Depot, (Delhi).[1][3]

Writing styleEdit

Sitapuri makes historical facts live with fictional characters and vivid scripts, so that the readers find themselves actually walking in the remote era. He intelligently portrays human instincts and psychology while writing about historical events.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Sitapuri was married to Zia Tasneem Bilgrami who also used to write Islamic biographies in Suspense Digest. Both had 5 daughters and 3 sons. One of their daughters Zanobia is a performing artist and a journalist.[5][3]

Popular stories/novelsEdit

Some famous historical stories and novels of Ilyas Sitapuri include:[6]

  • Ajaib Khana e Ishq
  • Dastan E Hoor
  • Haram Sara
  • Raag Ka Badan
  • Chand Ka Khuda
  • Andar Ka Admi
  • Bala Khanay Ki Dulhan
  • Sikandar E Azam
  • Razm Bazm
  • Ashna Na Ashna
  • Parsayee Ka Khumar
  • Awara Garad Badsha


Sitpuri died on 1 October 2003, in Karachi.[2]


  1. ^ a b "الیاس سیتاپوری ایک معتبر تاریخی ناول نگار". Dawat News. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b "نامورناول نگار اور صحافی الیاس سیتا پوری کی 16ویں برسی یکم اکتوبر کومنائی جائے گی". Urdu Point. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "ربابہ کی خود کلامی اور الیاس سیتا پوری". Roznama 92 News. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  4. ^ "کشمیر کی کلی - الیاس سیتاپوری کی تاریخی کہانیاں". TameerNews. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  5. ^ "ناول نگار و افسانہ نگار الیاس سیتا پوری کا یوم وفات". Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  6. ^ "List of Ilyas Sitapuri Books". The Library Pk. Retrieved 31 October 2021.