Comedian Liaqat Soldier passes away
* Altaf, Qaim and others condole death
By Asad Farooq
KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani comedian Liaqat Soldier passed away due to a heart stroke, here on Wednesday.
He was participating in a special transmission organised for the Pakistan-India cricket semi-final on a local channel when he suffered a severe heart attack and died on his way to the hospital.
Soldier’s real name was Liaquat Ali. He belonged to a Memon family and left behind one daughter and three sons.
He started his career as an actor in Memoni and Gujratee dramas in 1973 and performed in more than 250 television plays, besides numerous stage dramas across the globe during his 38-year career. He worked in stage dramas, TV dramas and in films. His first film was ‘Qaid’ which was directed by Sangeeta and his first drama was ‘Tum Kia Jano’ directed by Safdar Ali, in which he played the role of a rough guy. He also worked in several parody movies.
Liaquat also wrote and directed approximately 50 dramas. He performed in India, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and various other countries.
Besides being a good actor, he was an entrepreneur as well. He owned a business dealing in generators.
Several television celebrities, including Moin Akhtar, Shahzad Raza, and Ismail Tara expressed their grief and sorrow over his sad demise. Expressing their views they termed him one of the great stage comedians of Pakistan and said that his demise was irreparable loss to the comedy sector of Pakistan.
APP adds: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Provincial Adviser Rashid Rabbani, Special Assistant to Sindh CM Waqar Mehdi and others have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of famous artist and writer Liaqat Soldier.
In a condolence message issued by MQM here on Wednesday, Altaf said that Soldier entertained the people in Pakistan as well as other parts of the world with his performance and had left his fans depressed. The deceased remained associated with the Youth Progressive Council, Progressive Girls Council, Rajisthan Adab Sabah, Mir Muhammad Baloch Academy, whose office-earers have also condoled his demise. In their separate condolences, they prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.
Source: Daily Times