Ibne Safi (1928-1980) is the pen name of Asrar Ahmad, the best-selling and most popular author of mystery and detective novels in the history of the Indian Subcontinent’s Urdu literature. His initial works date back to the early 1940s, when he wrote from India. After the partition in 1947, he migrated to Pakistan, and penned his later novels there. So strong was Ibne Safi’s impact on the Subcontinent’s literary scene that his novels were translated into several regional languages. It was not unusual for Safi's books to be sold at black market prices in Pakistan and India, where they were originally published every month.
The Imran Series is Ibne Safi’s second best-selling Urdu spy novel series, the first novel, Khaufnaak Imarat, was pulished in August 1955. Following in the footsteps on the earlier Jasoosi Duniya, this series is centered around the adventures of one main hero, Ali Imran – a playful yet deceptive personality. A bright young graduate with both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Oxford, his comical and seemingly incompetent persona is a façade for his true identity as head of the Secret Service. This series has been widely acclaimed for its high literary quality and strong character development.