Après avoir quitté le Pakistan Air Force Academy pour poursuivre une carrière dans le journalisme, il a travaillé pour Newsline, India Today, The Washington Post.
Il a écrit des pièces de théâtre et des scénarios , y compris une drame acclamée par la critique de BBC et le long métrage The Long Night.
Mohammed Hanif est diplômé de l'Université d'East Anglia, programme d'écriture créative. Il est le chef du Service de la BBC en ourdou. Fin 2008, après 12 années passées à Londres, Mohammed Hanif est rentré au Pakistan avec sa famille (www.mostlyfiction.com).
Son premier roman, A Case of Exploding Mangues (2008) a été sélectionné pour l'édition 2008 de Guardian First Book Award.
General Zia realised that Ceaucescu's advice contained a metaphor that he hadn't understood before this adventure. What is democracy? what is its essence? You draw strength from your people and you become even stronger and that is exactly what General Zia was doing at this moment. Watched over by the silent hills surrouding Islamabad, a very ancient ritual was taking place : a ruler and his subject were face to face without any bureaucrat to complicate their relationship, without gunmen to pollute their encounter. For a moment the fear of death evaporated into the cold smog and General Zia felt as strong and invincible as the mountains surrounding them.
"Hold your ears", said the policeman,[...]
General Zia took his hands out of the shawl and held his ears. It was a lesson in good governance but it was proving to be fun as well. He was already composing a speech in his head : "All the wisdom I need to run this country I learned from a lone police constable doing his duty on an empty road in the middle of the nigth in Islamabad...
"Not like that". The policeman shook his head in disappointment. "Cock. Be a cock. A rooster".