Pakistan’s first television’s anchor and popular TV show Neelam Ghar’s host Tariq Aziz has passed away in Lahore, sources close to the family have confirmed.
Aziz was 85 and was admitted in a private hospital last night after feeling critically ill. However, the cause of his demise is still unknown.
In his last and cryptic tweet from yesterday evening, Aziz wrote, “Lagta hai waqt tham gaya hai. Rawan dawan zindagi ruk gae hai. Kayi dinon se bistar per laitay laitay soch raha hun ke azaadana harkat bhi Maalik ki kitni bari naimat thi. (It seems as if time has paused and life has stopped. I’ve been lying in this bed for so many days and thinking what a blessing the freedom of movement itself was).”
He then added, “Najaane puraana waqt kab laut ke aaega abhi tou koi umeed nazar nahi aarahi. (I wonder when old times will return, for now I see no hope).”
In another one of his recent tweets, Aziz revealed that his upcoming book Footpath se Parliament tak was almost ready to be published.
His quiz show Neelam Ghar was first aired in 1974, it later came to be known as the Tariq Aziz Show and was then renamed the Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz. Aziz was also a politician and became a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between 1997 and 1999.
He received his early education in Jalandhar before starting his career at Radio Pakistan, Lahore. When the country’s first television broadcast was made in November 1964, Aziz became the first male PTV broadcaster.
He starred in film Insaniyat (1967) with renowned actors Waheed Murad and Zeba, following which he also played the leading role in film Haar Gaya Insaan.
Aziz has appeared on several local television programs and morning shows, along with organising telethons for charity purposes.
The late actor also received a Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 for his services to the nation.
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