The gates of memory never close,
How much we miss you no one knows;
For God alone knows what is best,
And called you to His garden for rest.
People come in the world to go. Many prominent
personalities, nationally and internationally, left us this year. They are
survived and remembered due to their contributions in their respective
fields. These include politicians, noted writers, actors and poets.
Following is the compilation of some of the noted national personalities who
left us in the year 2005 and went on an eternal journey:
Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi
Industrialist, father of Punjab Chief minister Pervaiz
Elahi and uncle and brother-in-law of PML President Shujaat Hussain,
Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi was a philanthropist and God-fearing person, who
supported various welfare organisations.
Justice Salahuddin Ahmad
Founder Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court and a
former judge of the supreme court.
Hasan Askari, Writer, journalist and columnist.
M H. Askari was born in Delhi in 1924. Close to the
literary circles of his time, M.H. Askari had kept company with eminent
writers and was himself a short story writer. He was a founder member of the
Pakistan Writers Guild.
Raees Ghulam Mujtaba Khan Jatoi
MNA and brother of former caretaker prime minister Ghulam
Mustafa Jatoi, died of cardiac failure at the age of 71 in Karachi.
Maulana Mohammad Haroon, Millat-e-Islamia leader
Ishrat Hashmi, TV artist
The veteran artist left behind a lot of her admirers who
loved her due to her natural performance in many PTV serials of yesteryears.
Ghulam Ali Khoja, Senior journalist
Born in a small town of Nindo Shaher of Badin district,
Ghulam Ali Khoja was a self-made man. Ghulam Ali was respected as a man of
integrity who never succumbed to 'incentives' which are usually offered to
journalists in general and crime reporters in particular.
Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Former chief of air staff
Zulfiqar Khan, 75, died of a heart attack that proved
fatal. Born on December 10, 1930, at Lahore, Zulfiqar Ali Khan was
commissioned in the GD (P) Branch on 21st of December 1950. He was the first
graduate of PAF Academy, Risalpur to have reached the highest appointment in
the PAF. He was also posted to New Delhi as Air Adviser to the High
Commissioner of Pakistan. Air Chief Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan remained as
Chief of the Air Staff from 1974 to 1978.
Shahla Zia, Human rights activist
Shehla Zia was the daughter of eminent educationist Dr
Satnam Mahmood and prominent freedom fighter Nawabzada Mahmood Ali Khan. One
of the founding members of Women Action Forum, Aurat Foundation and the AGHS
womenís law firm and Legal Aid Centre, Ms Zia was one of those women
activists who were jailed for protesting against the Law of Evidence at the
Lahore High Court in 1983. Ms Zia was one the main authors of the 1997
report of the Commission of Inquiry on Women and an author and co-editor of
the "National Report-1995" for the Women's Conference in Beijing.
Muazzam Ali, Journalist and founder of Pakistan Press
Syed Muazzam Ali started his journalistic career with the
Associated Press of Pakistan news agency in 1950. In early 1956, he set up
the Pakistan Press Association (PPA) that was later renamed as PPI. Muazzam
Ali moved to London at the end of 1974, where he started promoting Islamic
banking. He wrote many books on the subject and set up the International
Institute of Islamic and insurance. He was vice-chairman of the Geneva-based
Darul Mal Al Islami and deputy secretary-general of the London-based Islamic
Council of Europe. He also published the weekly New Horizon magazine.
Muazzam Ali, was also adviser to late president General Ziaul Haq on media,
Islamic affairs and overseas Pakistanis.
columnist and writer.
Omar Kureishi was one of the most outstanding writers on
cricket in the subcontinent, and his columns were also published in major
newspapers abroad. But he was also a keen observer of political and social
developments and wrote about them. His books include Black Moods, Out to
Lunch, The System, The Other Side of Daylight, As Time Goes By and Once Upon
a Time. He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2001.
Ghulam Hussain Najafi, Shia cleric killed by unidentified
Safdar Barlas, Veteran journalist
S Barlas, who worked in an English daily on many senior
positions for over four decades, graduated from Lucknow University in May
1947. He joined the Habib Bank shortly after the partition of the
subcontinent. While he worked with Agha Hasan Abidi at the bank, the lure of
journalism brought him back to journalism in the early 1950s.
Amjad Bobby, Music director
A highly sought after music director who gave music for
films like Sangam, Chief Saheb, Yeh Dil Aap Ka Hua and Koi Tujh Sa Kahan,
Amjad Bobby, passed away this year leaving behind a lot of his fans mourning
Prominent environmental activist and journalist
Feroze Khan, Hockey legend
a skilful inside right and centre forward, won a gold in pre-independence
India at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Holland. Feroze celebrated his
100th birthday on September 9 last year and was recognised as the oldest
known living Olympic medal winner by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC). He took the title after the United Statesí James Rockefeller died in
early 2004. Rockefeller had won a gold medal in rowing in the Paris Olympics
Maqbool Sharif, Journalist
Sharif joined journalism in the early 60s as crime and
court reporter. He was made the chief editor of national daily in the early
80s. He left journalism in early 90s and started practising law.
Sardar Inayatullah Khan Gandapur, Former NWFP chief
minister and member of NWFP assembly
Gandapur was the most prominent, senior and seasoned
member of the NWFP Assembly. He also remained provincial minister for
agriculture. He was an active member of Pakistan People's Party at one time
Saeed Khan, Rangeela, Filmstar
known as Rangeela, Saeed Khan was born in 1941 in Parachinar town of NWFP.
Rangeela made film debut as an actor in a 1958 Punjabi flick "Jatti",
which proved to be a hit. His last appearance on silver screen was in singer
Sajjad Ali's film "Aik Aur Love Story" in 1999. Rangeela acted in
more than 700 films and over 100 stage plays. He was the first ever comedian
hero, a singer, a successful film director, producer, distributor, music
composer and lyricist.
Fazal Mahmood, first bowler to
take 100 wickets for Pakistan in
on Feb 18, 1927, in Lahore, Fazal never hung his boots and continued to work
as honourary director for a textile concern. He started his career against
India in 1952 by playing the first Test at Feroze Shah Kotla Ground in
Delhi. Pakistan lost the Delhi Test but Fazal struck back with a vengeance
at Lucknow to give Pakistan its first win against India, with a match haul
of 12 for 94.
Mir Ahmad Nawaz Bugti, First finance minister of
Balochistan and younger brother of Nawab Akbar Bugti
Mir Ahmed Nawaz Bugti started his political career with
the defunct National Awami Party (NAP) and was elected member of the first
Balochistan Assembly in 1970. He was inducted as finance minister in
Balochistan's first cabinet headed by Sardar Ataullah Mengal in 1972. He was
also elected MNA from Dera Bugti in the non-party elections of 1985. He also
served as federal minister in the caretaker government of Mir Balakh Sher
Mazari in 1993.
Khan Mohiuddin Khan,
Nawab of Sardargarh
Shahnaz Khuhro, Wife of opposition leader of Sindh
assembly Nisar Khuhro
Haroon, Chief Executive of Pakistan Herald Limited and wife of former Sindh
governor Mahmoud A. Haroon
Begum Almas was born in Ludhiana on Sept 22, 1922, where
her father, Khawaja Abdul Ghani, was a landowner. Her maternal grandfather,
Khawaja Ahad, was a member of the Viceroyís Legislative Council and
founder-publisher of the English language newspaper "The
Gool Rustomji, former MNA, former editor of the Quetta
Times and the vice president of the All Pakistan Womenís Association (APWA)
Mrs Rustomji belonged to a respected philanthropist
family of the provincial capital. She was daughter of late Peston Galwala.
Her family set up the first English printing press in Balochistan in 1888
and was pioneer of journalism in the province. Mrs Rustomji was also a
social worker and held the posts of vice-president, general secretary and
press secretary of APWA, Balochistan. In recognition of her services, she
was decorated with the Sadaf Award.
In a career spanning over 40 years, Ansari has to his
credit over 200 TV dramas, three films and many radio and stage plays. While
his first TV play was "Ghora ghans khata hai" (written by Agha
Nasir), it was his role in "Uncle Urfi", in which he flicked a
small, innocuous-looking knife and squeaked cheekily that "chakku hay
merey pas", that made him a household name.
Pervaiz Mehdi, Classical singer and disciple of Mehdi
Khalid Akhtar, veteran journalist
Khalid Akhtar was born in Kangra, East Punjab, in 1935.
Khalid Akhtar remained associated with journalism since 1973 till his death.
He joined The News on April 11, 2001 as Editor Co-ordination and Production
and held the same position till his death.
Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan,
research scholar, educationist
and religious leader
Dr Khan did his PhD on Syed Hassan Ghaznavi from Nagpur
University. He was considered an authority on Maulana Hali. His book Hali Ka
Zahni Irteqa was included in the university curriculum. He authored and
compiled 90 books in Urdu and English. He was honoured with the presidential
award Sitar-i-Imtiaz, Naqoosh award, Iqbal award and Nishan-i-Sipas.
Umeed Fazli, noted poet.
Shehla Shibli, writer and journalist
Educated at the Kinnaird and Government colleges in
Lahore, she joined the All India Radio during the Second World War. While
managing children's and music programmes for the radio, she strengthened an
abiding interest in music and culture. She wrote a childrenís book in Urdu
which enjoyed modest but steady sales over almost three decades. She also
contributed a section in the book "Common Heritage", written
jointly by noted Indian and Pakistani authors to commemorate Pakistan's 50th
Zarina Baloch, Popular Sindhi singer, actress, writer and
Wife of Sindhi nationalist leader Rasool Bakhsh Palijo
and grandmother of MPA Sassui Palijo, Zarina Baloch was well-known for her
folk and nationalist songs and was widely respected.
Oct - Najm-u-Zaman, actor, director and a very creative
person passed away after battling with cancer bravely for quite long.
Afroze Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry, Former MNA
Rais Ali Gauhar Khan Khuhro, Former MPA, Sindh
Brother of former Sindh chief minister Ayub Khuhro and
uncle of Provincial Education Minister Hameeda Khuhro, the late Ali Gauhar
Khuhro served as member of the Sindh Assembly and the erstwhile West
Muhammad Khalid, Editor Jang Online
Rana Muhammad Khalid, who stepped into journalism about
20 years ago, was an active journalist and an untiring worker of the
movement for journalists rights. At the time of his death he was working as
Editor of the online edition of The News.
Sister Berenice Vargas, founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy
A Mexican by birth, Sister Berenice Vargas belonged to a
congregation group "Daughters of Heart of Mary", and with this
group, she came to Pakistan in 1955, and started working for leprosy
patients in a katchi abadi near McLeod Road, known as Lepersí Colony. To
serve leprosy patients, she founded the Marie Adelaide Centre in the colony
on Aug 16, 1956. After some time, word leprosy was also added to its name
and it became Mary Adelaide Leprosy Centre.
Sherwani, Popular TV actress
Azra had gained fame in her serial "Uncle Urfi"
and "Tanhayian" after which she did more popular serials,
particularly in the black and white era. She will be remembered by her fans
due to her unforgettable roles in different plays.
M. Saleem Aslam, father of Geo President Imran Aslam and
Editor, The News, Karachi Talat Aslam, had a long and distinguished career.
He was Secretary, Pakistan Jute Mills Association in the former East
Pakistan before he moved to Lahore in 1966 to work for the Batala
Engineering Company. He served as an economist in the Planning Department of
the Abu Dhabi government for more than two decades until his retirement in
Sir Joseph Rotblat, nuclear scientist
Sir Joseph Rotblat died on the 31st of August at the age
of 96. Born in Poland he was recognised for his work as an atomic scientisct
as well as a Nobel peace prize winner. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in
1995 along with the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affiars, an
organisation of scientnts that encouraged nuclear disarmanent. Though
initially involved in the Manhattan project to bulid the worldís first
atomic bombs he abandoned the project after the defeat of Nazi Germany. He
was knighted in 1998.
Saul Bellow, Writer
An American Jewish writer, Saul died on the 5th of April.
Known best for his novel "The Adventures of Augie March," he won a
Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976 and then went on to win the National Medal
of Arts in 1998.
An American writer, actor, comedian and winner of several
awards including 6 Emmy awards, Johnny died on the 23rd of January. He
hosted several shows on television but was best known for his show "The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." He was inducted into the
Television Hall of Fame in 1987.
Arthur Miller, American playwritght
The famous American playwritght reigned over American
cinema and literature for 61 years producing many famous works including
Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. His 1949 play Death of a Salesman won
the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, as well as the New York Drama
Critics Circle Award.
John Paul II, died on the 2nd of April at the age of 84 after remaining a
Pope for almost 27 years. He is credited as being one of the sources who
brought about the downfall of the Soviet regime.
Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist
Rosa died this year on the 24th of October. She is best
known for not giving up her bus seat to a white man 50 years ago in the
December of 1955. This act led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott which was
organised by Martin Luther King Jr. This boycott was one of the largest and
most effective movements against racial segrregation.
Fahd Abdul Aziz, The King and Prime Minister of Saudia Arabia
The King and Prime Minister of Saudia Arabia died on the
1st of August this year. After suffering from a stroke in 1995 he handed the
workings of the Kingdom to Crown Prince Abdullah and remained mostly
inactive. He was heavily criticised afer he allowed American troops to be
based in Saudi Arabia after Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait.
Richard Pryor, a famous American comedian and winner of
five Grammy awards and one Emmy award died this year on the 10th of
December. He gained immense success in the 70s and 80s and went on to become
one of Hollywoodís highest paid stars.