One who lives must die. That is the one undisputed truth
of life. Those who made a difference in other's lives will always be
remembered. In this article we are paying tribute to some of those
personalities who although left this mortal world during 2004, but they will
remain with us even after their death in the form of their work they
accomplished during their lifetime.
Compiled by Tayyaba Jabbar
and Sukaina Mohsin Ali
Pakistan's first C-in-C, PN
Vice-Admiral Haji Muhammad Siddique Choudri departed to
his eternal abode during the year just passed by. Admiral Choudri had the
distinction of being not only the first Pakistani to command the Pakistan
Navy, but also in fact the first Indian to be commissioned (in 1932) into the
executive branch of the Royal Indian Navy (RIN). At the time of partition,
Choudri Sahib happened to be the senior-most Indian officer and was involved
in the division of the RIN's assets between India and Pakistan. After
independence, his early years with the Pakistan Navy were spent in service
abroad or at sea and it was only in the '50s that he was assigned command of
the Royal Pakistan Navy.
Askari Mian Irani, Painter
Painter, Askari Mian Irani, after a brief illness passed
away on January 10. Askari was a trendsetter. He rose in stature as a painter
in the mid 1980s. His paintings with their Arabic script, geometric designs
and prominent texture, became the most sought after objects in the local
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas Founder
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was assassinated in an Israeli air
strike on 23rd of March. The killing of Yassin, the most prominent
Palestinian targeted by Israel in 3-1/2 years of fighting, threatened to
deepen the conflict, with militants pledging unprecedented retaliation,
including veiled threats against the United States. Yassin's killing
virtually buried hopes of reviving the roadmap, which envisioned an end to
violence and the creation of a Palestinian State by next year.
Human Rights lawyer
Lawyer Dullah Omar, one of South Africa's best known human
rights lawyer during the apartheid era, died of cancer on March 13. Dullah
Omar established legal practice in 1960 after failing to feud for a firm that
would not employ a black lawyer- and defended those who suffered under
apartheid. "A patriot has gone to rest forever", a government
Syed Abid Ali Shah,
Bureaucrat & Intellectual
Former Director General, Public Relations, Punjab and
former Chief Executive, BCCI Foundation, passed away on January 11. He was
75. During his illustrious career, Abid Ali Shah had served as Chairman of
the Central Board of Film Censor, Secretary General of Pakistan National
Council of Arts, DGPR, Punjab, Wapda and Chief Executive of BCCI Foundation.
Abid Ali Shah was the father of Sarmad Ali, Group Executive Director of
Marketing, Jang Group of Newspapers.
Hamid Raza Gilani, Minister
Renowned parliamentarian and Chief of the Gilani family,
died in the Pakistan Institute of cardiology, Lahore on 24th January. He was
67. His political career spanned over four decades and he made his marks in
the political circles with his selfless work.
Suraiyya, Indian actress
Bollywood actress Suraiyya died at age 75. She was one of
the most popular pin-up girls of India's film industry in the 1940s. She died
in Bombay, on the 31st of January, after a brief illness. She debuted in 1946
as a supporting actress and went on to become the highest paid film star of
her time in a short span of time.
Albeiro Usuriaga, Soccer player
Former Columbian soccer player, Albeiro Usuriaga was
killed by an unidentified gunman on the 11th of February. Usuriaga, 37 played
in the 1990 World Cup. His career took him to Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay,
Venezuela and Spain.
Begum Qazi Essa
Pakistan Movement worker
Begum Qazi Essa, a renowned social worker and widow of the
close companion of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and active worker of the
Pakistan Movement Qazi Muhammad Essa, died in Karachi after prolonged
ailment. She was 80. Begum Qazi Essa actively participated in the Pakistan
movement. She had also served as the vice-president of the All Pakistan
Women's Association (Apwa) Balochistan. This year, she was conferred with the
Fatima Jinnah Award in recognition of her services to the cause of women.
Zelim Khan Yandurbiyev
Zelim Khan Yandurbiyev, was assassinated in an explosion
on February 13. He was acting president in 1996-97 and had been linked to the
Al-Qaida terror group.
Abdul Sattar Lalika Federal Minister
Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower, and Overseas
Pakistanis and Chief whip of the ruling alliance in the N.A, Abdul Sattar
Lalika, died of a heart attack on Feb 13 in Lahore. He was 51. He was elected
several times to the N.A. and rendered valuable services in many different
Prof Sarwar Zuberi, Gastroenterologist
Professor Sarwar Zuberi, country's eminent
gastroenterologist died on 17th March. Dr. Zuberi died reportedly by
contracting malaria through blood transfusion. Her death was termed a great
loss to the nation.
Veteran Indian Film maker and former Chief of the
country's film censor board, Vijay Anand, was popularly known as Goldie Anand
and was the younger brother of legendary Dev Anand (Actor-Director). The two
produced a number of Bollywood hits such as 'Guide', 'Jewel Thief' and
'Johnny Mera Naam'. He was 72.
Estee Lauder left the world of glitz and glamour on the
24th of April, aged 97, due to cardiopulmonary failure. She was the founder
and driving force behind the most successful beauty company in America. She
was known as a dynamic leader in developing American business abroad.
Syed Mohammad Abbas, Film storywriter
Noted film story writer and director Syed Mohammad Abbas
died in a private hospital in Mumbai on 16th April. He was 71. Among many
films he wrote stories for are 'Parwarish'; 'Kahani Kismet Ki'; 'Kab Kyon Aur
Kahan?'; 'Purnima'; 'Paras'; 'Fakir', etc. He also directed 'Hungama'; 'Sewak';
'Shriman Satyawadi', etc. He wrote stories for more than hundred films.
Renowned religious scholar, Mufti Shamzai was shot dead,
near Jamia Binoria on Sunday 30th May. Religious scholar and Shaikh-ul-Hadees
of Jamia Binoria, Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai was killed when armed men ambushed
their vehicle in front of Jamia Binoria.
Irfan Siddiqui, Journalist
Famous poet, journalist and chief editor of Urdu daily
Sahafat, Irfan Siddiqui passed away in Lucknow on 15th April. He was 65 and
affected by brain tumour. A prominent poet of Urdu, several of Siddiqui's
poetic collections include 'Canvas', 'Shab Darmiyan', 'Saat Samawat', 'Hawain',
'Dasht Maria' and 'Ishq Nama'.
Frances Shand Kydd
Frances Shand Kydd (Mother of late Princess Diana) died on
after a long illness, on the 3rd of June. She was 68. She lived on an island
in Scotland and had been estranged from Diana at the time of her death in
1997, and had not spoken to her for months.
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan
Formerly the world's oldest person, Ramona Iglesias died
on the 29th of May in Puerto Rico, after a bout of pneumonia. Born on 31st of
August, 1889, she was 114 at the time of her death.
Dr Suraiya Nisar, Gynecologist
Unidentified gunman shot dead renowned Gynecologist Dr
Suraiya Nisar in Dera Ghazi Khan, on 6th of June.
Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, Buddhist monk
Sri Lanka's most influential Buddhist monk died, aged 87
in the central town of Kandy, onJune 7th, after a brief illness. Govt. and
opposition leaders both held him in high respect and often consulted Monk
Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, who was head of the Malwatte Chapter of Buddhism.
Zameer Niazi, Journalist
Veteran journalist Zameer Niazi passed away after a
protracted illness at the age of 72. He had strived hard for freedom of
speech and wrote a number of books on this subject.
Kang Chang Ryol, Ambassador
Kang Chang Ryol, North Korean ambassador to Bangladesh,
died of cardiac failure, on the 15th of June. He was 67. He was a skilled
diplomat committed to promoting good relations between the two countries.
Ray Charles, Singer and pianist
Grammy award winning crooner, Ray Charles died on the 10th
of June, at the age of 73. Famous for blending the gospel and blues, he was a
cultural icon, singer and pianist. Blind by the age of 7, orphan by 15 he
spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries and defying easy
Munawwar Suharwardi, Politician
Munawwar Suharwardi, a close aide of former PM and PPP
Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and spokesman of the Bilawal House, was gunned
down near Gurumandir on 17th of June. He was the Information Secretary of the
PPP, Sindh and declined offers to become a senator.
Maulana Manzoor Ahmed Chinioti
Renowned scholar, leader of the International
Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Movement and former MPA Maulana Manzoor Ahmed Chinioti died
on the 27th of June. He was 80. He played a key role in the
Terik-e-Nizam-e-Mustafa, against the Bhutto government. He founded the
Khatm-e-nabowat movement, meant to curb anti-Islamic activities. He authored
Marlon Brando, Actor
Hollywood's all time famous actor died on 1st July, at the
age of 80. He claimed never to enjoy acting, but Marlon Brando was one of the
most influential performers of his generation. His performances in "A
Streetcar Named Desire," "On the Waterfront" and "The
Godfather" earned him plaudits as one of the greatest actors of all
Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Kaftaro, Sunni cleric
Syria's top Sunni cleric Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Kaftaro died
on 1st Sep at the age of 89 after a heart attack. Kaftaro, who was elected
Mufti of Syria in 1964 and had been in a hospital for about a week, having
surgery for a stomach problem, when his heart failed.
Ashfaq Ahmed, Writer
Renowned writer, playwright, intellectual and broad caster
Ashfaq Ahmed breathed his last at the of 79. He was well-known for his
literary work and had been awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his outstanding
services in the fields of literature and broadcasting. He had authored over
20 books. His subtle sense of humour is reflected in his long running radio
programmes and characters like "Talqeen Shah", while several TV
drama series based on his memorable plays of three decades ago are still
enjoyed by the audience.
Tabish Dehlvi, Urdu poet
Renowned literary personality; former broadcaster and
famous Urdu poet Ustad Tabish Dehlvi passed away on September 23, after a
protracted illness. He was 93. Tabish was a poet who had given more than a
dozen books, such as 'Dhoop Chahoon' and 'Nimroz', to Urdu literature. His
poetry and his diction had gained grounds among literary circles. In literary
circles of Urdu, there were very few poets who have won the laurel as 'Ustad'
because of their traditional pattern and classical taste in writing poetry.
Afreen Baig, Actress, Producer
On the 15th of October, Afreen Baig, 32, was found slain
in her home in Karachi. Afreen was famous for her natural performance which
she gave in many plays and serials. She also produced many famous TV serials.
Before her death she was working on a joint venture with India.
Mufti Jamil Ahmed Khan & Maulana Nazeer Ahmed Tawnsvi,
Nazim of Aalmi Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwwat,
Mufti Jamil Ahmed Khan & the Majlis' local Chief Maulana Nazeer Ahmed
Tawnsvi were shot dead on 9th of October in Karachi. Mufti Jamil, 52, was a
member of JUI's council and Nazim of Iqra Roza-tul-Itfaal, a chain of
Begum Majid Malik, Educationist
Begum Amna Majid Malik, an educationist, philanthropist
and founder of PECHS School & College passed away at the age of 91 on 5th
of October, after a brief illness at a local hospital. She was the first
Muslim girl in the Indian Sub-continent to top the matriculation exams.
Iftikhar Adeni, Civil Servant & Author
Iftikar I. A. Khan, alias Iftikhar Adeni died of a heart
attack, aged 81, on the 9th of October. He was a renowned civil servant and a
noted author who penned several books during his illustrious lifetime. He was
the son of Nawab Mohammad Ismail Khan, who was on the all India Muslim Action
Committee with the Quaid.
Christopher Reeve, Actor (Superman)
Christopher Reeve (US actor), who brought comic book hero
Superman to the silver screen & then championed the disabled after a
riding accident left him paralysed, died of heart failure on the 10th of
October. He was 52. Superman was the kind of part Reeve usually disdained. He
was a stage actor at heart who preferred doing classical period plays and
films that really required him to "act". He devoted himself to
drumming up funds in hope of being able to walk again. He raised awareness of
this issue, through his fame in a way no scientific/medical community could
Keith Miller, Cricketer
Australian, Keith Miller, rated one of cricket's greatest
and most crowds pleasing all-rounders, died on October 11, in Melbourne, aged
84. He played in Don Bradman's Invincibles team on the '48 tour to England.
He was a magnificent attacking batsmen, averaging about 37 in 55 tests &
claimed 170 wickets at 22.97.
Mian Mahammed Sharif, Industrialist
Mian Mohammad Sharif, father of former PM Nawaz Sharif
& former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz the Sharif died on 29th of
October, of Cardiac arrest in Jeddah. He was 85.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of UAE
The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed
bin Sultan Al Nahyan, died on 2nd November, at the age of 86. Sheikh Zayed
has been the absolute ruler of the United Arab Emirates, for more than 30
years. Since 1966, Sheikh Zayed has ruled Abu Dhabi, which became the capital
of the United Arab Emirates when the seven federations were formed in 1971.
Howard Keel, Actor
Hollywood legend Howard Keel who famous in 'Dallas' died
at 85, on 7th Nov. Howard Keel, star of American musicians and later in the
hit 1980's TV series 'Dallas', died of colon cancer. Keel's six foot-3 inch
frame and gravely voice made him the elder, gruff rival to J R Ewing, the
spoiled, arrogant Texas oil tycoon played by, Larry Hagman. Keel said
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" was his favorite film.
Sardar F S Lodi, Defence analyst
Sardar Farooq Shaukat Kahn Lodi, popularly known as Sardar
F S Lodi died after protracted illness at the age of 75 on 14th September.
Sardar Saheb was a renowned defence analyst and he wrote hundred of articles
which were printed in different national dailies of Pakistan, in which he
analysed defence perspective of Pakistan in an objective manner. He also
appeared in many talk shows on TV and radio. While he was Core Commander
Punjab in 1983, he became acting Governor for a short period of time during
the illness of Gen Jilani who was Governor Punjab at that time. In 1984, he
became the Governor of Balochistan. During this period, while he was coming
from Islamabad after having a meeting with the then President, his plane
crashed and he was the only survivor of this horrific incident. He also
remained Federal Interior Minister for a very short period of time.
Mujeeb Alam, Singer
Celebrated film singer Mujeeb Alam died of cardiac arrest
in Karachi when he was on his way to see a show with his family. Born in
Kanpur in India on September 2, 1948, Mujeeb Alam started his film career in
1967 as a playback singer in the film Chakori. This was also the debut of
Nadeem. Alam went on to become one of the most successful singers in
Pakistan. Alam sang around 750 songs. He learnt singing from Bangladeshi
musician Karim Shahabuddin. The song that brought him overnight fame was 'Wo
meray samnay tasweer banay baithay hain' of the film Chakori for which Alam
won the Nigar Awar. Chakori was the most famous film of Pakistan due to its
Ronald Reagan, Ex-US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan died at 93 on June 5, 2004. The conservative
icon, the only native Illinoisan to become president, Reagan was plagued by
Alzheimer's disease in his final years. He energised the country with his
man-of-the-people image and love-of-country message.
Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat died on November 11, at the age of 75. He
won the Nobel Peace Prize for four decades of his efforts for Palestine. He
had come to symbolise the Palestinian struggle against Israel, and also
earned the title of 'Mr. Palestine'. He first became active in Palestinian
politics while an engineering student in Cairo in the early 1950s. For over
five decades, Yasser Arafat was a larger-than-life figure for those who
admired him as well as those who hated and feared him, or, to be more
precise, for those who hated and feared the Palestinian view of history,
justice and politics. Since the late 1960s, Arafat was the icon of the
Arthur Hailey, Author
Famous author, Arthur Hailey died on the 24th of November,
due to a stroke. Aged 84, he wrote big bestsellers like 'Airport' and
'Hotel', and also wrote for TV in the '40s, '50s and '60s.
P V Narasimha Rao
Former Indian Prime Minister
Former Prime Minister, India, P.V.Narasimha Rao, who
launched socialist India on the path of free-market reforms in the '90s, died
of a heart attack on 23rd December.
Ahmad Bashir, Writer
Noted journalist, intellectual and writer Ahmad Bashir
died of liver cancer at the Services Hospital on 26th December. He was 81.
Bashir was a portrait writer and he wrote profiles of people like Mumtaz
Mufti, Krishan Chandar, Meera Ji, Zaheer Kashmiri, Maulana Chiragh Hasan
Hasrat and Maulana Hasrat Mohani.
Mumtaz Rashdi, Social worker
Social figure of Sindh and founder of Samaj Sudhar Tehreek
(SST), Mumtaz Rashdi left this mortal world during the year just passed by.
She was Pakistan's first woman press attache. She was well aware of the
social, economic, educational and health problems of the peasants and in
particular the women and children who worked selflessly for them.
Mehmood Ali, Actor
Legendary Hindi film comedian Mehmood Ali died in the
United States at the age of 72. The long-suffering actor was in Pennsylvania
for medical treatment. Mehmood worked in more than 300 films in a career
spanning almost three decades. His memorable films include Gumnaam, Bhoot
Bangla, Padosan, Pyar Kiye Ja, Kunwara Baap, and Bombay To Goa.
Hassam Qazi, TV Actor
Hassam Qazi, a famous TV actor, passed away due to a
severe heart attack at the Liaquat National Hospital at the age of 50. Hassam
started his career from Quetta Television Centre, and within few years, his
reputation was of an emerging star on drama scene. His first play was Khali
Haath, produced by Dost Muhammad Gashkori. Later, Kazim Pasha caste him in an
Urdu serial Chhaoon, in which he gave remarkable performance.
Mian Ejaz Shafi
Businessman & Politician
Mian Ejaz Shafi, Vice-President of the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz and chief organiser of its Sindh chapter, died of cardiac arrest
at the age of 60.
Tiziano Terzani, Journalist
The Italian travel writer and journalist who died at the
age of 65. He was one of the clearest and most original voices on the Italian
literary scene. An expert on the continent of Asia, he was one of Italy's
most highly regarded journalists internationally.