Veteran journalist Hameed Akhtar passes away
LAHORE: Renowned journalist and progressive writer Hameed Akhtar died of cancer after protracted illness on Sunday night at the age of 87.
Hameed Akhtar was under treatment in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital for several months. On Sunday night, his condition became unstable and he passed away. He was born in Ludhiana, India. There are eight books to his credit, including ‘Aashnayian Kia KiaÂ’ and ‘Kal Kothri’. He had a close affiliation with key progressive writers and leftists of subcontinent, such as Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Zaheer Kashmiri, Minhaj Berna, Nisar Usmani and many others.
Hameed Akhtar started his journalistic career in 1948. He resigned as editor “Amroz” and started writing columns. He has left three daughters, including TV artist Saba Pervaiz, and a son. His funeral would be held in Defence Housing Society today (Tuesday). Akhtar was given Pride of Performance by the government along with many other awards for his literary works and contributions for the establishment of democracy in the country.
Source: Daily Times