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2020 continues to maintain its streak on being the worst year ever as it takes away the legendary TV host and icon – Mr. Tariq Aziz- from us. His family confirmed that the renowned radio and television anchor passed away on Wednesday in Lahore at the age of 84. According to his wife, Mr. Tariq was diabetic. On Wednesday morning, he was taken to the hospital due to his health suddenly deteriorating. Later on in the day, he died from cardiac arrest.
This death of the legendary icon comes as a great loss to the entire nation and especially its entertainment industry. Throughout his life, he accomplished great things and contributed greatly to the industry.
Let’s Take A Look Back On The Exceptional Journey That Was Mr. Tariq’s Life
Tariq Aziz was born in Jalandhar (India) on 28th April, 1936. He, along with his family, migrated to Pakistan after partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and settled in Sahiwal, where he got his primary education. Despite having his spent his life in poverty, he didn’t let it get him down. In a show, ‘Mazak raat’ , he told about the time when he didn’t have enough money to even pay for coffee. But, he believed in this from the bottom of his heart;
“We must always remember, that after every night there comes a dawn”.
That came true for him as he went on to become one of the first and also the most iconic television announcers and news casters of Pakistan. Mr. Aziz started his career with Radio Pakistan in the 1960s. He was also part of the inaugural team of presenters of PTV on its first day of transmission; on November 26, 1964.
Though, it wasn’t until his exceptional work on the country’s first quiz and game show – Neelam Ghar (Auction House) in 1974 on PTV- that he gained nationwide popularity and became a household name. He garnered so much popularity through his hosting skills that the show was later renamed after him as the ‘Tariq Aziz Show’. The show continued on for four decades and holds the record of the longest running show on Pakistan Television.
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) June 17, 2020
He was also a poet and actor and had performed in multiple radio and television programs as well as in films. His first film, Insaniyat, was released in 1967. Throughout his career, he worked in 42 films, including 30+ in Urdu (the rest were in Punjabi). In 1992, the President of Pakistan granted Mr. Aziz the prestigious Pride of Performance Award in recognition of his timeless services to the entertainment industry. He later on also joined politics and served the National Assembly from 1997-99.
The Nation In A State Of Shock And Sorrow On The Loss Of A Diamond
Everyone has burst into a state of shock and sorrow on the unfortunate loss of an unmatched diamond. People from the entertainment industry, politicians, cricketers and the public in general have expressed their condolences and sadness on the death of Mr. Tariq Aziz.
President Arif Alvi took to twitter to share his sorrow and sadness on this loss. “A chapter closes with the sad demise of Tariq Aziz”, he wrote.
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
PM Imran also expressed his condolences and prayers in a twitter post.
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
Similarly, other politicians shared their condolences with Mr. Tariq’s family as well. Along with this, entertainers also grieved on this loss.
“A big part of my childhood”, wrote Mawra as she expressed her grief.
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#TariqAziz ka salam” 🤲🏻
— MAWRA HOCANE (Hussain) (@MawraHocane) June 17, 2020
In the same way, everyone in the entertainment industry expressed their condolences. Osman Khalid, Humayun Saeed, Ali Zafar and Fahad Mustafa just to name a few took to twitter to share their prayers.
His was the face that launched PTV, whose Neelam Ghar I grew up on.
What a tremendous loss… truly the end of an era.
Here's to the icon, Tariq Aziz. pic.twitter.com/oQPbTa5qin
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 17, 2020
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
Tariq Aziz sahab was a true legend and a national icon. May his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/MqBSAhYIPL
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) June 17, 2020
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
Our media industry has lost a legendary host, actor & an exceptional human being.
End of an era..!!!
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) June 17, 2020
It is a really sad time as an era of ethics, knowledge, sober conduct, cultural norms and the most civilized representation of a true human has come to an end. 2020 is TRULY the worst year ever.
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