A mournful event for the Sindh press -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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A mournful event for the Sindh press

Karachi: The death of renowned journalist and media owner Kazi Saeed Akbar, who passed away on January 30 at the Aga Khan Hospital, has been widely condoled.

He leaves behind two sons, one of whom succeeds him as editor in his English daily Regional Times, and one daughter.

Saeed was born on August 22, 1939 in Hyderabad. He received his education in the same city, moving onwards to become a lawyer.

By 1958, however, he became linked with the field of journalism, and began his association with the newspaper Ibrat, a family venture. The Kazi family of Hyderabad has been known for decades in the newspaper industry.

Saeed became the first to introduce the off-set system of printing in Sindhi newspapers, which encouraged a greater market and brought in more papers to the market.

In the late sixties and early seventies, Saeed, in spite of being a journalist, joined the Pakistan People’s Party, and was a close friend of Bhutto. In fact later when Saeed got married, Bhutto attended his wedding.

Some years later, Saeed joined Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi’s National People’s Party.

Finally in 2005, he founded the English daily The Regional Times of Sindh, which catered mainly to the people of Sindh, giving them a voice in an English medium, which was a rarity.

As a father, Kazi Saeed is described as intensely ‘loving and friendly’. His daughter sees him as someone who believed in empowering young people, both as a father as well as a journalist.

Saeed was well-known and well-respected among many, especially those involved in journalism and politics. He contributed greatly to the cause of the Sindhi press and media.

Many gathered at his house to pay condolences to his family including

He breathed his last succumbing to lung cancer, but died peacefully. He was 67.

The All Pakistan Newspaper Society President, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman, Sr Vice President, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Shami, vice President, Inquilab Matri and other members have expressed their profound grief over the sad demise of Saeed Akhter Kazi.

In their joint statement, they said that the late Kazi was a veteran publisher and editor who remained very active for the cause of print media.

They prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his departed soul in eternal peace and give patience and courage to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.
Source: The News
Date:2/2/2007