Best Urdu stories on riots and communal unrest

While Urdu literature

was evolving from romanticism to realism, the tragedy of Partition took place in India, and things took a turn for the worse. Following the mass exodus, communal riots flared up the streets of either side of the border, resulting in unrest, social inequality, starvation, and countless deaths. This collection is a revisit to such unfortunate events, through some of the most powerful short stories of Urdu, which offer the modern reader a peek into the gruesome bloodshed that stains our past.

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Thanda Gosht

Saadat Hasan Manto

Toba Tek Singh

Saadat Hasan Manto

Khol Do

Saadat Hasan Manto

Lajwanti

Rajinder Singh Bedi

Gadariya

Ashfaq Ahmad

Peshaawar Express

Krishn Chander

Amritsar Azadi Se Pahle

Krishn Chander

Amritsar Azadi Ke Baad

Krishn Chander

Mootri

Saadat Hasan Manto

Aur Ayesha Aa Gayi

Qudratullah Shahab

Jaden

Ismat Chughtai

Meri Maut

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Parmeshar Singh

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Izdawaj-e-mohabbat

Sajjad Haider Yaldram

Hindustaan Se Eik Khat

Intizar Hussain

Singhar-daan

Shamoil Ahmad

Gas Chamber

Mustansar Husain Tarar

Dam

Abdussamad

Aadmi

Syed Mohammad Ashraf

Lakeer

Tariq Chhatari

Shukr-guzaar Aankhen

Hayatullah Ansari

Bhai

Shaukat Hayat

Ajanta

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Rooh Se Lipti Hui Aag

Abid Suhail

Sawa-neze Par Sooraj

Abid Suhail

Dahshat

Salam Bin Razzaq

Unki Eid

Zakia Mashhadi