Z.A.- Suleri passes away
LAHORE, April 21: Z.A. Suleri, one of the senior most journalists, whose career spanned half a century, died of heart failure in a local hospital on Wednesday night. He was 86.
Mr. Suleri was suffering from cancer and heart disease for quite some time. On Wednesday, he was taken to a hospital for treatment where he died.
At the time of his death, he was the senior editor of The News.
Mr. Suleri considered himself an exponent and ideologue of the Pakistan Movement and worked with the Quaid-i-Azam. He also wrote a book “My Leader” about the Father of the Nation.
The Quaid had written a letter of appreciation to Mr. Suleri. Mr Suleri was assistant editor of Dawn before partition. However, when The Pakistan Times was started after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he became its correspondent in London.
Later, he came to Pakistan and started his own paper The Times of Karachi, which became a lively political daily. Then he launched Evening Time” from Lahore but it could not take off, mainly because the people of Lahore were used to afternoon papers.
He was briefly the director-general of ISPR during the 1965 conflict with India. He was appointed editor of The Pakistan Times during the Ayub period, a post from which he was removed by Mr Z.A. Bhutto in December 1971.
Mr Suleri was a prolific columnist and wrote regularly for The Pakistan Times and Nawa-i-Waqt.After the imposition of martial law in 1977, Gen Zia made him chief editor of The Pakistan Times.
He also remained additional secretary of the information ministry for a brief period. He became senior editor of The News, in 1992