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Business Recorder’s senior editorial staff member Rais Khan dies

KARACHI: Business Recorder’s senior editorial staff member Rais Ahmad Khan died due to cardiac arrest at a hospital here in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. He was 83. He leaves behind wife, two sons, one daughter and many grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be finalised after his family members’ arrival here from Iran and US later today.

Born into an educated family of Bareilly, UP, Khan graduated from Lucknow University in 1945. He joined Habib Bank’s forex branch in Delhi as a trainee officer in 1946. After Partition, his family migrated to Pakistan where he worked for various organisations. He also worked abroad on senior positions. The countries where he worked for long spans of time included Iran and the UAE.

His career that spanned over six decades shows his association with audit firms, banks, commercial and industrial concerns, securities and exchange, bio-technology (tissue culture of plants), management and financial consultancy. He began his journalistic career with Business Recorder in the 2000s. His assignments included feature writing and subbing/re-writing.

A widely travelled man, Khan was a prolific writer and a serious poet of major rank known for his originality and ingenuity. A highly respected translator of English and Persian, Khan was also known for his strong appreciation of French and Arabic. A keen observer of developments in the world of economics and finance, he had deep insights into global economy in particular.

He also had appreciable understanding of Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. A student of geography, keen on current events, and always eager to know more, Khan could write quite confidently about any country in the world as he firmly believed that geography is an important shaper of history.

A soft-spoken and suave gentleman, Khan was one of those people who would always work hard and do a good job, considering work ethic as a set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence. Indeed, he was an inspiration, a sage and a friend.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:4/13/2011