Two beautiful souls left many eyes wet and hearts mourning on Sunday. How else soulful this departure could be when both happened to leave us on the same day. Asma Jahangir and Qazi Wajid breathed their last in Lahore and Karachi, respectively.
Former the well-known human right activist and the prominent senior lawyer was survived by two daughters and one son. She is regarded as the staunch advocate of human rights and also, credited for co-founding Human rights commission of Pakistan and Women action forum. She was arrested and endured term in jail when she among others protested against Zia regime for the restoration of democracy.
Her eloquence and undaunted pursuit also made her key figure in 2007 lawyers’ moment. The bearer of various accolades which includes, a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz. She was also awarded a Unesco/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France. Also, she received the 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee. According to her family sources, Asma Jahangir was 66 when she couldn’t survive cardiac arrest on Sunday.
Later the renowned radio veteran and widely celebrated television personality, Qazi Wajid has contributed nearly 5 decades of his precious life toward radio and TV. The legend indeed made career his debut with TV plays. The first one was written by Khwaja Moinuddin, ‘Khuda Ki Basti’ in 70’s. Among his contributions, you will also find theatre play and radio, which he served for 25 years. For his passionate services, he was awarded Pride of Performance award in 1988 by Government.
Various actors and renowned artist were saddened and grieved by this demise. Anwar Maqsood famous writer called him the ‘the finest human being he met’. And writer Haseena Moin said, the artist like him are not found anymore, he was very dedicated and it is a big loss. He was 87 and succumbed to cardiac illness.