Ashfaq Hussain is a well-known poet and writer of Canadian-Pakistani origin. He is considered a pioneer of Urdu literary activities in Canada and has published a highly acclaimed monthly literary journal, Urdu International, under the guidance of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Currently, he is Associate Editor of a children’s book series, a joint project of Multicultural Department, Government of Canada, and the Urdu Chair of McGill University, to prepare Urdu reading and writing materials for Canadian students as well as a teaching manual for Urdu teachers. In 2011, he was honoured with the prestigious President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance Award. Some of his publications include Aitabar (1979), Aashian Gum Karda (2009), Mein Gaya Waqt Naheen Hoon (2010).