Senior journalist passes away
He was suffering from lung cancer for the last one-and-a-half years. He died peacefully in his sleep,” Akbar’s son Qazi Sajjad told Daily Times Wednesday. Akbar is said to have played a key role in the setting up of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) in the 1970s.
Akbar was born in Hyderabad on August 22, 1939. He was the son of former Sindh education minister Qazi Mohammad Akbar and the brother of former federal information minister as well as a (former) Sindh agriculture minister, Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid. He was also the uncle of former Sindh advisor on town planning and KDA Pir Mazharul Haq, and the cousin of the secretary general of the APNS, Qazi Asad Abid.
Akbar completed his matriculation and intermediate from Noor Muhammad High School in the mid and late 1950s, respectively. He became an active journalist from the day he left school, but not before he passed his LLB with outstanding marks from the University of Sindh in the early 1960s. He practised law for a brief period and later dropped it for a future in journalism, according to his son.
Akbar joined his cousin as an administrator in the latter’s newspaper organisation, in 1958. Akbar was also (simultaneously) involved in politics. He was elected twice as the vice chairman of the Hyderabad cantonment.Close to three years ago he launched his childhood project of an English-language newspaper based in Hyderabad. Akbar remained the newspaper’s chief editor till his death.
Among other hobbies, Akbar was also an expert alghozo player. He received his lessons from acclaimed alghozo player, Khameeso Khan, who took the art to all the corners of the globe. Akbar also wrote a large number of articles for the promotion of this musical instrument and its scope.Akbar was also an enthusiast of the Malakhra, the traditional form of wrestling in Sindh. Again he wrote a number of articles and news items for the promotion of the sport.
Source: Daily Times