Ahmad Shah Patras Bukhari

Qasim Khan Lahore

Syed Ahmed Shah (commonly known as Patras Bokhari ) -(b:1 October 1898 – d:5 December 1958 ) was an Urdu humourist, educator, essayist, broadcaster and diplomat from Pakistan. He is best known for his humorous writings in Urdu literature.

Bokhari attended Government College, Lahore in 1916. After completing his Masters in English he was appointed as lecturer at the same institution.

Bokhari left Government College, Lahore in 1925 in order to complete a Tripos in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. In 1927, he returned to Government College, Lahore, and as a Professor remained there until 1939.

Before the formation of Pakistan in 1947, he was the Director General of All India Radio. Being a Professor of English Literature, he also served as the Principal of Government College, Lahore from 1947 to 1950. The Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Noon Meem Rashid, were among his students.

After the formation of Pakistan, he served as the first permanent representative of Pakistan in the United Nations from 1951–1954. From 1954-1958 he remained as the Under Secretary of the UN, Head of Informon. He died during his diplomatic service and is buried in New York.