Ashfaq Hussain, a Canadian of Pakistan origin, is a well-known poet and writer. He is considered as one of the pioneers of Urdu literary activities in Canada. Ashfaq published a highly reputable 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 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).