Asif Aslam Farrukhi is a writer and translator and has edited and compiled many anthologies of Pakistani writers. Dr. Farrukhi has published six collections of short stories and two collections of literary criticisms. He also edits and publishes a literary journal in Urdu called "Duniyazad". Trained as a physician, Dr. Farrukhi studied medicine at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi and public health at Harvard University. In 2010, he collaborated with Oxford University Press, and the British Council to initiate the Karachi Literature Festival, and is recognized as one of the founders of the annual event. Dr. Farrukhi’s work has been recognized by the Pakistan government, in 1995 he received the Prime Minister’s award for literature and in 2005 was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan.