Renowned radio and television anchor Tariq Aziz passed away in Lahore on Wednesday, his family confirmed. He was 84.
Pakistani actor and television host Tariq Aziz has died at the age of 84 in Lahore after he was admitted to a hospital in critical condition, according to media reports.
He began his professional career from Radio Pakistan and was one of the most recognisable voices on radio.
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.
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.— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) June 17, 2020
دیکھتی آنکھوں اور سنتے کانوں کو طارق عزیز کا سلام
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
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
Ulhaq added that he remembers his entire family used to gather to watch the late actor’s show.
Another Twitter user, Sanam Jung, said she’s “extremely saddened to hear about the demise of legendary TariqAziz sahib.”
Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam also said that Aziz’s death was a “huge loss”.
Haq maghfirat kare, a legend of Pakistan has passed away today. Such a huge loss. Sir #TariqAziz, May Allah SWT elevate your ranks and keep you in His shade of love and protection, Ameen. Indeed We all belong to Allah, and to Him we all shall return. pic.twitter.com/27pUaGBpEJ— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) June 17, 2020
Singer and actor Ali Zafar said he was confident that Aziz would never be forgotten. “You gave us an era. A childhood full of memories. You gave us gifts and so much more. We forget our heroes too soon. But I am confident you shall never be forgotten. Such was your presence.”
Rest in peace Tariq Aziz Sahab. You gave us an era. A childhood full of memories. You gave us gifts and so much more. We forget our heroes too soon. But I am confident you shall never be forgotten. Such was your presence. #RIP #TariqAziz https://t.co/xMNGO29P7s— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 17, 2020
Marwa Hocane said A big part of my childhood. May you rest in peace sir. Thankyou for entertaining us with your game shows & so much more
“Dekti aankhon or suntay kanon ko Tariq Aziz ka salam”
A big part of my childhood. May you rest in peace sir. Thankyou for entertaining us with your game shows & so much more❤️— MAWRA HOCANE (Hussain) (@MawraHocane) June 17, 2020
“Dekti aankhon or suntay kanon ko#TariqAziz ka salam” 🤲🏻