Veteran journalist A.A. Razwy dies at 88
KARACHI: Akhtar Adil Razwy, a former assistant editor of Dawn and editor of its sister publication Evening Star, died in Karachi on Friday morning. He was 88.
Because he led a disciplined life, he had no medical problems normally associated with the people of his age.
After a fall in his Gulshan-i-Iqbal home, he became bed-ridden for a month and his food intake declined. And he died basically of old age.
Mr Razwy worked for Dawn for 20 years and was later associated with Karachi University for nearly four decades.
Born in Bareilly, U.P., in 1922, Mr Razwy graduated in English literature from the Aligarh University in 1944, came to Karachi in 1947, joined the Civil and Military Gazette as a leader writer and later became its resident editor at a young age.
After the CMGÂ’s closure, the late Altaf Husain, DawnÂ’s editor, invited Mr Razwy to join his paper. Mr Razwy joined the paper in August 1953 and became one of Dawn’s leading editorial writers. In 1964 he became the editor of Evening Star.
In an article in Dawn’s golden jubilee number (July 29, 1997) entitled “Looking back”, Mr Razwy wrote: “Having spent 20 of the best years of my life with Dawn I recall with nostalgia the time spent with fine people under the umbrella of the Grand Mughal of the fourth estate, the late Mr Altaf Husain.”
Soft-spoken and admired for his humility and literary tastes, coupled with a lively sense of humour with apt quotations from his panoply of Urdu and Persian poetry, Mr Razwy endeared himself to those around him and inspired his juniors to work with a sense of mission for upholding the ethics of journalism.
Mr Razwy’s funeral prayers were offered at Jama Masjid Noor in Gulshan-i-Iqbal and he was laid to rest at Yassinabad graveyard.