LAHORE, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (WNP/DL): Renowned radio and television anchor Tariq Aziz passed away in Lahore on Wednesday. He was 84.
Aziz was born in Jalandhar on April 28, 1936. After partition, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Sahiwal, where he received his primary education.
He started his career with Radio Pakistan in the 1960s and later went on to become Pakistan’s first television host.
His programme Neelam Ghar — later named Tariq Aziz Show — started in 1974 on Pakistan Television and continued for four decades. He was also a poet and an actor and performed in several radio and television programmes as well as in films.
His first film, Insaniyat, was released in 1967. Other notable titles he acted in include Salgirah, Qasam Us Waqt Ki, Katari and Har Gaya Insan.
For his services to the entertainment industry, he was awarded the prestigious Pride of Performance Award by the government in 1992.
Aziz dabbled in politics as well and was a member of the National Assembly from 1997-99.
President Arif Alvi prayed for the anchor’s soul to rest in peace. “A chapter closes with the sad demise of Tariq Aziz,” he tweeted.
A chapter closes with the sad demise of Tariq Aziz. May his soul rest in peace. I will fondly remember his opening greetings in Neelam Ghar.
دیکھتی آنکھوں اور سنتے کانوں کو طارق عزیز کا سلام
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) June 17, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was saddened to hear about Aziz’s death, who he said was an “icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows”.
Saddened to learn of the passing of Tariq Aziz, an icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows. My condolences and prayers go to his family.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 17, 2020