Aslam Azhar

PTV founder Aslam Azhar passes away

ISLAMABAD: Legendary broadcaster, intellectual and progressive ideologue Aslam Azhar died on Tuesday at the age of 83.

He will be laid to rest at the capital’s H-11 graveyard today (Wednesday) after Zohr prayers. He had undergone prostate surgery last month and was stable. On Tuesday he got choked and died at home.

Azhar leaves behind his wife, Nasreen Azhar, a human rights activist, two sons – Osama and Arieb Azhar – a daughter and a large number of friends, colleagues and admirers to mourn his death.

Born in September of 1932 in Lahore, Azhar did his bachelor’s from Government College Lahore. After completion of his Masters in Law degree from the Cambridge University in 1954, Azhar, a man of many talents, joined the Department of Films and Publications as a freelancer.

Azhar, having experience of theatre and broadcasting, was asked on November 26, 1964, to run a three-month pilot project at the lawns of Radio Pakistan, Lahore. The project was a success due to the untiring efforts of Azhar and his team.

He very quickly brought together a first class team of designers, cameramen, writers and artists and established stations at Karachi, Lahore and Quetta, bringing quality programming and latest equipment.


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