Altaf Fatima was a Pakistani Urdu novelist, short story writer, and teacher. Altaf Fatima was born in Lucknow, she moved to Lahore during the Partition, earning MA and BEd from the University of Punjab. Her novel Dastak Na Do is regarded as one of the defining works in the Urdu language. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan television and an abridged translation was serialised by the Karachi monthly, Herald. In 2018, Fatima received the Urdu Literature award at the 9th Karachi Literature Festival for her book, Deed Wadeed. She died at the age of 90 in Lahore on November 20, 2018.