Gone but not forgotten
Compiled by Shamaila Khalid

There is no death! the stars go down

To rise upon some other shore,

And bright in Heaven's jewelled crown,

They shine for ever more.

John L McCreery

Death is a fact that no mortal can deny. While celebrating fifteen years of The News, we would also like to commemorate all those people who are no longer physically around us but continue to live on as they have left indelible marks on our memories. All these people have in some way or another contributed towards making the world what it is today.



Mar 12: General (Retd) Mohammad Musa.

May 21: Rajiv Ghandhi dies in suicide bomb attack.

Aug 8: Former Iranian Prime Minister, Shahpur Bakhtiar.

Dec 21: A. R Cornelius, former Chief Justice of Pakistan passes away at the age of 88.



Jan 25: Mir Khalilur Rehman, veteran journalist and founder of the Jang Group.

Feb 10: Alex Hailey, author of the famous novel 'Roots'.

Apr 23: Satyajit Ray, renowned Indian film director.

June 2: Dr. Akhtar Hussain Raipuri, reputed columnist, writer and literary critic.

Aug 9: Ayatullah Khomeini, Shia spiritual leader.

Oct 27: Nayyar Sultana, Pakistani film actress

Dec 18: Zain Noorani, former Foreign Minister.



Jan 6: Rudolf Nureyev, ballet dancer of the century.

Jan 7: General Asif Nawaz, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff.

Jan 11: Makhdoom Mohammad Zaman, chief of the Sarwani Jamaat.

Jan 20: Audrey Hepburn, ultimate Hollywood nymph.

Jan 21: Mazhar Ali Khan, journalist and editor.

Feb 4: Iqbal Burney, journalist.

Mar 13: Habib Jalib, radical awami poet.

Apr 17: Mohammad Khan Junejo, former Prime Minister.

Apr 24: Oliver Tambo, Chairman of the African National Congress.

May 1: Azeem Ahmed Tariq, MQM Chairman.

May 11: Mir Sher Mohammad Marri, (General Sheroff), Baloch nationalist leader.

Oct 13: Federico Fellini, legendry Italian film director.

Nov 29: JRD Tata, founder of India's largest corporate empire.



Jan: Nazrul Islam, film director.

Jan 13: Prof. Ahmed Ali, writer.

Jan 19: Telly Savalas, better known as Kojak.

Feb 18: Amir Hamza Khan Shirwari, Phusto poet.

Mar 19: Maulana Kausar Niazi, politician and religious scholar.

Apr 4: Ghulam Farid Sabri, one of Pakistan's finest qawwals.

Apr 14: Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, scientist and all round renaissance man.

Apr 21: Anna Molka, country's pioneer expressional artist.

Apr 22: Richard Nixon, former US president.

May 19: Jacqueline Kennedy, America's most glamorous First Lady.

May 29: Erich Honecher, the architect of the Berlin Wall.



Jan 19: Mehdi Bazargan, former Iranian Prime Minister.

Jan 29: James Grant, pioneer of low cost health care for children.

Feb 10: Moraji Desai, former Indian Prime Minister.

Apr 24: G. M Syed, nationalist leader.

Aug 5: Agha Hasan Abedi, BCCI founder.

Sep 22: Rudolph Peieris, atom bomb pioneer.

Oct 5: Masood Rana, musician and an amazing singer.

Oct 27: Mumtaz Mufti, fiction writer.

Nov 5: Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister.



Jan 5: Shafiqa Zia, widow of late General Ziaul Haq.

Jan 9: Sultan Rahi, macho man and super star of Punjabi films.

Feb 11: Dr. Majid Sindhi, prominent Sindhi scholar.

Feb 19: Sehba Akhtar Ali, eminent poet.

Mar 12: Razia Bhatti, editor of Newsline.

Mar 19: Odysseus Elytis, Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate.

Apr 21: Abdul Hafeez Kardar, cricketer, politician and diplomat.

May 25: Alexander Langdorf, atom bomb physicist.

May 29: Zille Subhani, television artist.

July 3: Raj Kumar, Indian movie star.

Aug 10: Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine.

Aug 26: Khalida Riyasat, actress par excellence.

Sep 20: Mir Murtaza Bhutto, politician and brother of Benazir Bhutto.

Oct 5: Seymour Cray, father of super computer.

Oct 30: Qurban Jilani, television artist.

Nov 21: Dr. Abdus Salam, Pakistan scientist and Nobel Prize winner.

Dec 5: Babrak Karmal, pro- Soviet Afghan leader.

Dec 19: Yuliy Khariton, father of Russian atom bomb.



Jan 19: Lala Sudhir, film actor.

Jan 19: Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto.

Jan 25: Richard Berry, American rock musician.

Feb 13: Ata Shad, poet, writer and columnist.

Feb 20: Deng Xiaoping, Chinese leader.

Feb 22: Ted Strever, world's first aircraft hijacker.

Mar 15: Dorab Patel, justice and civil liberties activist.

Apr 2: Lyman Spitzer, US astrophysicist and father of the Hubble Space Telescope.

June 25: Brian Keith, American film actor.

July 15: Gianni Versace, Italian designer.

July 19: Sir James Goldsmith, billionaire and Imran Khan's father-in-law.

Aug 16: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, legendry musician and singer.

Aug 31: Princess Diana

Sep 5: Mother Teresa, a humanitarian who won Nobel Prize for her efforts.

Oct 15: Harold Robbins, US novelist.



Jan 7: Abdul Ghafool Hoti, former governor.

Jan 21: Dilawar Figar, poet, noted humorist and satirist.

Jan 23: Makhdom Sajjid Hussain Qureshi, former governor of Punjab.

Feb 7: Enoch Powell, British politician.

Feb 19: Agha Talish, film icon.

Apr 15: Pol Pot, Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge leader, infamous for his reign of terror and genocide.

May 9: Talat Mehmood, renowned Indian singer.

May 15: Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor.

May 18: Ubaidullah Aleem, Urdu poet.

June 8: Sani Abacha, Nigerian military ruler.

July 2: Alam Channa, world's tallest man.

July 8: Mashood Abiola, detained Nigerian opposition leader.

July 15: Richard McDonald, fast food pioneer.

July 16: Dr. Mahbubul Haq, internationally acclaimed financial expert and former Finance Minister of Pakistan.

Aug 19: Shaukat Rizvi, film director.

Aug 23: Mohsin Rizvi, senior television artist.

Sep 8: Arshe Munir, radio, television and film artist.

Oct 17: Hakim Muhammad Said, former Sindh Governor and Chancellor of Hamdard University.

Nov 9: John Hunt, first man to climb Mt. Everest.



Feb 5: King Hussain of Jordan died at the age of 63.

Apr 21: Z. A. Suleri, veteran journalist.

Apr 22: Munir Ahmed Khan, scientist.

May 12: Zamir Jafri, poet and humorist.

May 31: Inayat Hussain Bhatti, film actor and singer.

June 8: Lt. General Ghulam Jilani, former governor of Punjab.

July 17: John F. Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

July 24: King Hassan of Morocco died at the age of 71.

Aug 1: Mirza Adeeb, literary scholar.

Aug 4: Akhlaq Ahmed, singer.

Sep 4: Shams Zubairi, poet.

Oct 9: General Gul Hassan, former army chief.

Nov 7: Prof. Karrar Hussain, educationist.




Jan 5: Bashir Mirza, leading artist and painter.

Feb 3: Ustad Allah Rakha, internationally acclaimed tabla maestro.

Feb 10: Kajjan Begum, noted classical singer and mother of singer Mehnaz. She was 75.

Feb 13: Charles M. Schultz, creator of Peanuts cartoon.

Mar 9: Pathanay Khan, folk singer.

Mar 16: Thomas Wilson Ferebee, US pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Mar 29: Anthony Powell, British novelist.

Afr 6: Habib Bourguiba, former Tunisian President.

May 7: Douglas Fainbanks Jr, Hollywood film legend.

May 21: Barbara Cartland, bestseller queen.

May 24: Majrooh Sulatanpuri, poet and film lyricist.

May 25: Hamid Dawood Habib, prominent industrialist and banker.

June 7: Aziz Siddiqui, journalist, columnist and joint director of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

June 10: Hafez Al Assad, Syrian President.

July 4: Allan Faqir, folk singer.

Aug 1: Ali Sardar Jafri, Indian literary figure.

Aug 5: Lala Amarnath, first cricket captain of independent India.

Aug 13: Nazia Hassan, pop star.

Aug 25: Carl Barks, Donald Duck cartoonist.

Oct 10: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

Nov 14: Altaf Gauhar, bureaucrat and journalist.

Dec 6: Aziz Mian, Pakistani qawwal.

Dec 11: Begum Shaista Ikramullah, Pakistan Movement worker.

Dec 23: Madame Noor Jehan, Pakistan's Melody Queen.



Jan 3: Ahmad Ali Jivajee, a committed journalist of pre- independence days and the editor of the reformist magazine, Aage Kadam.

Jan 7: Prof. Zafar Hasnain Zaidi, pioneer in the field of protein chemistry in Pakistan.

Feb 6: Agha Hilaly, former ambassador of Pakistan and a noted civilian servant. He was 90.

Feb 18: Balthus, French artist, considered one of the world's greatest realist painters.

Feb 19: Stanley Kramer, Hollywood filmmaker.

Feb 20: Irina Bugrimova, Russian circus legend.

Feb 25: Sir Donald Bradman, one of the greatest English cricketers.

Mar 21: Chung Ju-yung, founder of South Korea's Hyundai industrial empire and symbol of the country's post-war economic power.

Mar 22: William Hanna, cartoonist; The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Top Cat were all born out of his and partner's imagination.

Mar 23: David Mactaggart, founder of Greenpeace. He was 68 at the time of death.

Apr 18: Khurshid, old time singer and actress.

Apr 20: Yusuf Raza, an unassuming veteran journalist. Apr 28: Farooq Mazhar, Pakistan's most prominent sports journalist, television commentator and former editor of The News.

May 2: Maulana Sattar Niazi, an active worker of the Pakistan Freedom Movement in Jamiat Ullema Pakistan.

May 11: Douglas Adams, British author of 'The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy'.

May 13: RK Narayan, one of India's most eminent novelists.

May 17: Sardar Inayatur Rehman Abbasi, veteran Muslim Leaguer and former parliamentary secretary.

May 31: Faisal Husseini, the senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

June 1: King Birendra of Nepal. He was 56.

July 3: Imtiaz Sipra, one of the most renowned sports writers of Pakistan and sports editor of The News, Lahore.

June 13: Anthony Quinn, Hollywood actor.

June 27: John Lemmon was one of Hollywood's most loved actors and a man who distinguished himself in both serious and comic roles.

July: Salamat Ali Khan, an eminent vocalist of the sub-continent, to whose credit is the founding of the tradition of two brothers making a pair in classical singing.

July 25: Phoolan Devi, India's Bandit Queen.

Aug 21: Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer who coined the term 'Big Bang' to describe an academic theory on the creation of the cosmos.

Sep 2: Christian Barnard, made medical history in 1967 with the world's first heart transplant on a human patient at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Oct: Prof. Shohrat Bokhari, renowned poet and intellectual.

Nov 11: Aleemuddin Pathan, a very seasoned journalist.

Nov 21: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, King of Malaysia.

Nov 29: George Harrison, former Beatle.

Dec 15: Farid Nawaz Baluch, television and film artist, he had more than 100 TV plays to his credit.

Dec: Qateel Shafai, a poet whose lines have been sung by Jagjit Singh, Pankhaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Ashok Khosla and Mehdi Hassan.

Dec 10: Ashok Kumar, one of the all time greats of Indian cinema and elder brother of Kishore Kumar.



Jan 18: Yasmin Ismail, a prominent television artist, director and stage actress.

Jan 27: Ustad Allah Rakha, one of the last virtuosos of Sarangi.

Feb 9: HRH Princess Margaret of England.

Feb 15: General (Retd) Fazal Muqeem Khan, belonging to the Frontier Force Regiment, Guides Infantry and the 2FF.

Feb 15: Dr. Hassan Rizvi, columnist, poet and head of the Urdu department of FC College, Lahore.

Feb 22: Chuck Jones, Oscar winning cartoon animator, who brought to life a host of cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Feb 23: Nasrullah Khan, the luminous star of the Indo- Pak humour journalism.

Mar 13: Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher, one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century.

Mar 28: Dudley Moore, legendry British comedian, movie star and pianist.

Mar 29: Latif Kapadia, well known television and stage actor and winner of Pride of Performance.

Mar 30: Queen Mother of England.

May 11: Princess Abida Sultan, popularly known as Bia Hazur.

May 23: Ali Imam, noted artist and remembered as the renaissance man of art of Pakistan

June 1: Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer.

July 10: Zafar Rizvi, a senior journalist and Assistant editor of foreign desk of Daily Jang, Karachi.

July 13: Yousuf Karsh, photographer whose 1941 portrait of a glowering, resolute Winston Churchill symbolized Britain's war effort. He photographed some of the brightest luminaries of the 20th century such as Fidel Castro, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein.

Oct: Dr. Fatima Shah, founder of the President of Pakistan Association of the Blind (PATB).

Nov: S. Ashfaq Hussain, doctor who performed Pakistan's first open-heart surgery in 1956.

Nov 8: Jaun Elia, a prominent poet.

Nov 18: James Coburn, Hollywood actor.


Jan: Syeda Fatima Fazlur Rahman, one of Karachi's most dynamic and outstanding ladies of the early years of Independence.

Jan 15: Maulana Azad, renowned religious scholar and former Imam of Badshahi Masjid.

Feb 1: Kalpana Chawla, the first female Indian-born NASA astronaut.

Feb 16: Khalid bin Waleed, former MPA and central leader of Mutahida Qaumi Movement.

Mar 13: Alys Faiz, campaigner who fought for the anti-colonial cause in pre-war London and later exercised considerable influence on the human rights agenda in the newly- emerged sub-continent.

Mar 13: Shahida Parveen, classical and folk singer.

June11: Meraj Khalid, politician.

June 11: Abdul Razik Khan, former speaker Sindh Assembly and Coordinator Pakistan Muslim League.

June 12: Gregory Peck, Hollywood actor.

June 26: Yahya Bakhtiar, former Attorney General and PPP leader.

June 26: Prof. Dr. Laeeq Babri, a renowned scholar who translated the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Allama Iqbal into French.

June 29: Katherine Hepburn, Hollywood actress.

July 2: Mukhtar Zaman, one of the old-timers of Pakistani journalism.

July 3: Haroon Rind, senior producer of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).

July 6: Hameed Kashmiri, noted fiction writer, columnist and playwright.

July 27: Bob Hope, whose deft delivery of the one-liner made him the best-known comedian since Charlie Chaplin.

July 29: Johnny Walker, legendary Bollywood comedian.

Aug 30: Charles Bronson, actor known for his roles in Westerns.

Sep 11: Johnny Cash, American singer.

Sep 11: John Ritter, famous comedian, starred in television shows such as 'Three's Company' and '8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter'.

Sep 24: Edward Said, Palestinian scholar, author of the book 'Orientalism'.

Sep 23: Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, senior political figure, Chairman of Alliance for Restoration of Democracy.

Nov 17: A B S Jaffri, a prolific writer and commentator who authored at least 10 books.

Nov 30: A A Brohi, veteran activist and writer.

Dec 10: Allama Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi, eminent religious scholar and had served as Chairman of the Sindhi Adabi Board, Institute of Sindhology, and other educational institutions of the province.

Dec 11: Maulana Shah Ahmed Noorani, founder of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan.



Jan 10: Askari Mian Irani, painter whose paintings with their Arabic script, geometric designs and prominent texture became the most sought after objects in the local market.

Jan 11: Syed Abid Ali , bureaucrat and intellectual.

Jan 24: Hamid Raza Gilani, renowned parliamentarian and Chief of the Gilani family.

Jan 31: Suraiyya, was one of the most popular pinup girls of India's film industry in the 1940s.

Feb 4: Malika Pukhraj, classical singer, prominent vocalist of the ageless song 'Abhi to Mein Jawan Hoon'.

Feb 13: Zelim Khan Yandurbiyev, ex-Chechen President.

Feb 13: Abdul Sattar Lalika, Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis.

Mar 11: Dullah Omar, one of South Africa's best known human rights lawyer during the apartheid era.

Mar 17: Prof. Sarwar Zuberi, Pakistan's eminent gastroenterologist.

Mar 23: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas founder.

Apr 15: Irfan Siddiqui, famous poet, journalist and chief editor of Urdu daily Sahafat.

Apr 16: Syed Mohammad Abbas, noted film story writer and director.

Apr 24: Estee Lauder, Cosmetics Queen.

May 29: Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan, formerly the world's oldest person. She was 114 at the time of her death.

May 30: Mufti Shamzai, religious scholar.

June 2: Mujeeb Alam, singer.

June 5: Ronald Reagan, Actor and ex-President of America.

June 10: Ray Charles, a cultural icon, singer and pianist who was famous for blending the gospel and blues.

June 11: Zamir Niazi, well-known chronicler of the press, an author and journalist.

June 27: Maulana Manzoor Ahmed Chinioti, renowned scholar, leader of the International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Movement and former MPA.

July 1: Marlon Brando, actor.

July 3: Hassam Qazi, television actor.

July 17: Albela, comic actor of film, TV and stage.

July 23: Mehmood, legendry Indian film comedian.

July 28: Francis Crick, helped discover the structure of DNA.

Aug 3: Henri Cartier Bresson, the founding father of photojournalism.

Sep 7: Ashfaq Ahmed, renowned writer, playwright, intellectual and broad caster, well known for his literary work and awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his outstanding services in the fields of literature and broadcasting.

Sep 23: Tabish Dehlvi, renowned literary personality, former broadcaster and famous Urdu poet.

Oct 5: Begum Majid Malik, an educationist, philanthropist and founder of PECHS School and College.

Oct 10: Christopher Reeve, Hollywood actor, achieved fame from his Superman movies.

Oct 29: Mian Muhammad Sharif, industrialist and father of former PM Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Nov 1: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the first and only president of UAE.

Nov 11: Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader.



Jan 23: Mirza Hasan Askari, writer, journalist and columnist.

Jan 31: Ishrat Hashmi, veteran television actress.

Feb 1: Ghulam Ali Khoja, senior journalist.

Feb 10: Arthur Miller, America's foremost post-war playwright.

Feb 14: Rafik Hariri, former Prime Minister of Lebanon.

Mar 8: Air Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan, former Chief of Air Staff.

Mar 10: Shahla Zia, human rights activist.

Mar 10: Muazzam Ali, journalist and founder of Pakistan Press International.

Mar 14: Omar Kureishi, noted columnist and one of the most outstanding writers on cricket.

Apr 2: John Paul II, Pope.

Apr 5: Prince Rainier III, ruler of Monaco and Grace Kelly's husband.

Apr 16: Amjad Bobby, music director.

Apr 21: Feroze khan, hockey legend.

May 24: Saeed Khan, Rangeela,  comedian, singer, film director, producer, distributor, music composer and lyricist.

May 30: Fazal Mahmood, first bowler to take 100 wickets for Pakistan in Test cricket.

June 7: Anne Bancroft, Hollywood actress best known for her role as Ms. Robinson in the movie The Graduate.

July 12: Almas Haroon, wife of former Sindh governor Mahmoud A. Haroon.

July 19: James Doohan, actor best known for his role as Scotty Scott in the series Star Trek.

Aug 1: Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia.

Aug 5: Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary.

Aug 16: Gool Rustomji, former MNA, former editor of the Quetta Times and the vice president of the All Pakistan Women's Association.

Aug 24: Jamshed Ansari, comedian and actor.

Sep 19: Simon Wiesenthal, credited with helping to bring more than 1100 Nazi criminals to justice.

Sep 25: Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan, renowned research scholar, educationist and religious leader.

Sep 29: Umeed Fazli, noted poet.

Oct 17: Milton Obote, one of the last founding fathers of African Independence and twice Uganda's president.

Oct 24: Rosa Parks, her refusal as a black woman to give up her bus seat to a white man changed course of American history.

Nov 8: K. R Narayanan, ex-President of India.

Dec 15: Sister Bernice Vargas, senior social worker, educationist and the founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre.

Dec 20: Azra Sherwani, popular television actress, she had gained fame in her serial 'Uncle Urfi' and 'Tanhayian' after which she did more popular serials, particularly in the black and white era.

Dec 23: Saleem Aslam, father of Talat Aslam, Editor, The News and Imran Aslam, President GEO TV. Aslam was a former secretary of the Pakistan Jute Mills Association.



Jan 1: Hanif Ramsay, former Punjab governor, chief minister, speaker of Punjab Assembly and a founder member of PPP.

Jan 4: Sheikh Makhtoum, the Emir of Dubai, Vice- President and Prime Minister of UAE.

Jan 5: Rafique Jabir, one of the founding members of the Karachi Press Club and Ex  editor of English daily, Morning News.

Jan 6: Roshan Khan, legendry squash player and father of Jahangir Khan.

Jan 15: Emir Sheikh Jabir of Kuwait.

Jan 18: Anton Rupert, South African tycoon and a regular feature of the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest.

Jan 18: Khan Abdul Wali Khan, veteran politician and one of the last freedom fighters in the Indo- Pak sub-continent.

Mar 11: Milosevic Slobodan, former Yugoslav President.