Dawn’s photographer Yousuf Nagori passes away
HYDERABAD: Dawn’s Hyderabad-based photographer Yousuf Nagori passed away here in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 62.
He had been suffering from a chronic liver problem for a long time and was under treatment of a gastroenterologist.
He was a diabetic and was recently admitted to the Liaquat University Hospital’s city branch and later shifted to a private hospital, where he remained under treatment for a fortnight. His consultant, Dr Sadiq Memon, discharged him and he was shifted to his home.
Nagori was unmarried. He lived with his nephew Tahseen Nagori in Unit 9, Latifabad.
His funeral prayers were held at Anwar-i-Mustafa Masjid near his residence, attended by a large number of family members, relatives, friends and notables of the city. He comes from a Hyderabad-based family that is known for photography business.
He had been bedridden for a long time. He was buried in Tando Yusuf graveyard. His soyem will be held on Wednesday at 10am in the same mosque.
Nagori started working for Dawn in the early 1990s and before that he had worked initially for a Karachi-based Urdu evening newspaper. He had also contributed photos to the Herald magazine and worked in districts other than Hyderabad as well.
At a time when not many were inclined to join the media, he regularly contributed news photos to international wire services such as Reuters, AFP and AP while serving in Hyderabad.
One of his most discussed photos was that of heirs/sisters of the Tando Bahawal carnage victims, Zaibunnisa and Hakimzadi, who had committed self-immolation outside the antiterrorism court in GOR Colony on Sept 11, 1996.
He covered trial of Ahmed Omer Saeed Shaikh, a convict in the kidnapping and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl, in the Central Prison Hyderabad in 2002. He had also photographed the late Sindh Taraqqi-pasand Party leader Dr Rahim Solangi and others who were found in illegal detention in Tando Allahyar during a raid by Sindh High Court officer Ghulam Mustafa Channa in the ‘90s.
Political leaders, including PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Jamaat-i-Islami leaders Asadullah Bhutto, Dr Mairajul
Huda Siddiqui, Sindh University Vice Chancellor Dr Fateh Mohammad Burfat and others have sent condolence messages to members of the bereaved family.