2022 was another year of tremendous loss. From the titans of art, here we have a roundup of some of the deaths of Pakistan’s eminent personalities who left us heartbroken and memories to last forever. They contributed significantly to the industry with their work and made their worth among everyone. They ruled the world of journalism, acting, and comedy and enchanted us with their writings and acting. It’s high time to recall all these icons and their phenomenal services for Pakistan.
AAMIR LIAQUAT HUSSAIN
Pakistan’s most prominent, controversial televangelist and politician Aamir Liaquat Hussain died at the age of 50. The anchor was found unconscious at his home and unfortunately pronounced dead on the arrival at the hospital. Hussain’s mysterious death raised uncountable questions however his admirers failed to get any adequate reason behind his tragic death.
One of the most distinguished investigative journalist and talk show host Arshad Sharif, aged 50 was brutally murdered in Nairobi, Kenya. Arshad was known to be an outspoken, vocal, and fearless journalist. He would be remembered as a brave, and compassionate person who stood for the truth and spoke against injustice till his last breath. The slain anchor had to leave his homeland due to the threats to his life.
It would not be wrong if it has to be said the massive loss for the music industry. One of Pakistan’s iconic singers, Nayyara Noor, often known as Bulbul e Pakistan, died at age 71 after a brief illness. The renowned singer will forever be remembered for her renditions of work by Pakistan’s revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She also sang some famous patriotic songs, including “Sohni Dharti”.
Veteran actor and producer Tanveer Jamal passed away in Japan this July, after battling with cancer. Jamaal was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2016. However, he recovered and started working in dramas again. During the shooting of Mere Apne he suddenly fell ill and was replaced by Firdaus Jamal in the play. The actor has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for the last 35 years for his exceptional performance.
Legendary comedian and actor Ismail Tara is no more. The versatile artist was laid to rest in Karachi after kidney failure. He was 73. Tara became more prominent and got famed after his iconic role in the drama Fifty Fifty. He has worked in numerous stage plays, tv dramas, and around 14 Lollywood movies. Ismail Tara was also honored with the Nigar Awards five times due to his incredible performances.
The acclaimed television and film actor passed away at the age of 73 after prolonged illness. The actor started his career by acting in a Pashto drama in 1971 and did over 250 Tv and stage plays, along with it he also performed in many movies including Khuda Kay Liye and Dakait. Rasheed Naz was also featured in an Indian movie ‘ISIS Enemies Of Humanity’ directed by Yuvraj Kumar way back in 2017.
TONY NAVAID RASHID
The prominent film journalist, Tv host, actor, singer, and photographer Tony Navaid Rashid, who has been a part of Pakistan’s entertainment industry for years passed away at the end of this November due to a sudden cardiac arrest and left whole showbiz fraternity saddened by this news. The multitalented Tony was known to be an encyclopedia of the Lollywood industry as he knows all the ins and outs of Pakistani cinema.
ABDULLAH KHAN KHATTAK
A medical student and Pakistani vlogger famous for his academic videos died in a tragic road accident in Peshawar at the young age of 21. Abdullah Khattak was an MBBS student at Agha Khan University Hospital who used to create educational content for the youth on social media.