Senior newsman passes away
KARACHI- Syed Manzar-ul-Hasan, one of the country’s senior most newsmen and editor of The Leader, died here on May 6, 2003 after a protracted illness. He was 83.
He was suffering from pneumonia and obstructive jaundice, and was admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital’s intensive care unit last week. Mr Manzar-ul-Hasan was laid to rest in the Defence-Gizri graveyard on May 6, 2003 afternoon. Many journalists and his friends attended the burial.
His Soyam will be held on May 8, 2003 between Zohar and Asr at Masjid-i-Baitussalam, near the KESC grid station on the 5th Commercial Street, Phase IV, DHA.
Syed Manzar-ul-Hasan was born on Aug 20, 1920, at Bulundshehar (India) and received his education at the Aligarh Muslim University. He then moved to Delhi and joined a weekly publication of the department of films and publication, Aajkal.
He migrated to Pakistan in 1947, and joined the daily Jang, Karachi. Later, he switched over to the daily Anjam and also worked for the daily Imroz before starting his career in English-language journalism. Then Mr. Manzar became news editor of The Leader and in 1972, its editor and remained associated with the afternoon paper for over 30 years, till his death.
Syed Manzar-ul-Hasan was among the founding members of the Karachi Union of Journalists and Karachi Press Club. He remained the KPC’s secretary for two terms from 1960 to 1962. He will be remembered for his integrity as a journalist and his amiable nature.
He was the third child of Syed Waliul Hasan, chief cashier of the Aligarh Muslim University. One of his brothers, Syed Wali Waris Hasan, 87, lives in Islamabad. Two other brothers- Syed Muzaffar Hasan Burni, 85, and Syed Habib Akhtar Hasan, 80- live in Karachi while his sister is in India.