Condolence reference for Daily Times reporter held
By: Ahtesham Azhar
KARACHI: A condolence reference for late Daily Times reporter Haris Tayyab was arranged by his friends and Karachi Union of Journalists (Dustoor) at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) here on Saturday.
Tayyab passed away on Tuesday after battling neurological complications developed as the result of an accident that took place a couple of months ago.
Associated with the Daily Times for more than a year, Tayyab was an active journalist on health and environment beats, having won a number of awards for his contribution, particularly in the environmental sector. He started his journalism career from Pakistan’s leading news agency Pakistan Press Information (PPI).
Many journalists, friends and family members of Tayyab were present on the occasion who shared their memories linked to the deceased journalist.
His father, Muhammad Hanif said that his son was decent since his early childhood and used to work hard, never expressing his anguish before the family. He received much applause from his teachers during studies, adding that he was a responsible person who always supported his family members. He never gave a chance of complaining and his death has created a huge void that cannot be fulfilled, he added.
Tayyab’s younger brother Muhammad Mohsin said, “My brother used to support everyone but never share his own problems,” adding that he was confidently soft spoken.
Umair Bin Riaz, a journalist and a friend of Haris, said that he was a kind of person who did not get informal in a few encounters, however, he was a very nice friend of him. “Haris was facing complications after his accident but he never complained,” Umair said, adding that his death was a big loss to him.
KUJ president Afzal Mohsin said that it was very sad and hard to believe that Haris was not present among them, adding that they would try to provide some financial help to his family, through their office. He prayed Almighty Allah to give courage to his family to bear the irreparable loss.
Muhammad Yasir, a senior reporter of the Daily Times, said that Haris was an intelligent and hardworking reporter who used to come up with unique stories on issues related to health and environment. His story crafting skills were excellent while his reports contained valuable information for readers, he added.
Tayyab’s elder brother Muhammad Shahbaz, General Secretary KPC Moosa Kaleem, editor of a renowned local newspaper Naseer Hashmi, Amir Latif of KUJ and others were also present at the reference.