Iconic Pakistani television host, actor and politician Tariq Aziz passed away in Lahore after prolonged illness on Wednesday at the age of 84.
Aziz who started his career with Radio Pakistan in the 1960s, became popular with the country’s first quiz and game show ‘Neelam Ghar’ (auction house). The popular show was later named after him as ‘Tariq Aziz Show’. The show holds record of the longest running show on Pakistan telvision.
He was also one of the first television announcers and news casters. His television show ‘Neelam Ghar’ started in 1974 on Pakistan Television and continued for about four decades. His hosting skills on the show ‘Neelam Ghar’ made him a recognised personality all over Pakistan. He was also a poet an actor, and performed in several radio and television programmes as well as in films.
Aziz was awarded with the prestigious Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 in recognition of his services.
The people of Pakistan took to twitter to mourn the loss of an icon:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan passed on his condolences to the family of Aziz. “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,” the PM tweeted.
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
Ace Pakistani actress Mahira Khan shared a nostalgic clip of the legend with a beautiful caption to reminisce Tariq Aziz Sahib’s memories.
Legend is, what legend does. He served us all. For so so long. Pakistan is indebted to you Tariq Aziz Sir. Truly, the end of an era.
May Allah bless you. My condolences to his family and all of Pakistan. 🙏🏼♥️🇵🇰#TariqAziz pic.twitter.com/kRflbgrfVu
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 17, 2020
Pakistan’s cricket team captain Babar Azam also grieved the loss of Tariq Aziz Sir via a tweet.
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
Saba Qamar highlighted how the year 2020 has undoubtedly been really tough. The world has lost too many people.
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) June 17, 2020
Fahad Mustafa spoke about how the media Industry has lost a legend. It is indeed the end of an era.
Our media industry has lost a legendary host, actor & an exceptional human being.
End of an era..!!!
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) June 17, 2020
The people of Pakistan united to grieve the loss of one of Pakistan’s most iconic media figures:
— ibrAhiim Khan (@Ibrahimkhan0317) June 17, 2020
— Neelum Yousaf (@neelumusaf24) June 17, 2020
Losing Tariq Aziz Sahib is like losing a part of our childhood.
— ImustSay (@Saman_Taufiq) June 17, 2020
— Mishi (@Tamez_Sy) June 17, 2020
The Pioneer of Gaming Shows,a trendsetter and wining heart of so many with his unique Hosting, #TariqAziz passed away ,
May Allah give him high rank in Jannah (Ameen)
We Lost a Legend today 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/o8CPtlKNDc
— Syeda Trimzi (@TrimiziiiSyeda) June 17, 2020
Radio Pakistan, where Tariq Aziz Sahib began his career in the 1960’s also tweeted to mourn the loss of the iconic personality.
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) June 17, 2020
The loss of Tariq Aziz Sahib marks the end of an era. His legacy will remain forever. May his soul rest in peace.