Veteran journalist Abul Akhyar passes away
KARACHI: Veteran journalist Abul Akhyar passed away on Wednesday evening in a local hospital. He was 83.
His Namaz-i-Janaza will be offered after Zuhr prayers at Jamia Mosque, Hadi Market, Nazimabad, on Thursday. He will be laid to rest at Sakhi Hasan graveyard.
Mr Akhyar has left behind five sons and a large number of admirers, colleagues and pupils to mourn his death.
Abul Akhyar was born in Badayun (UP), India, in 1927. He graduated from Aligarh University.
He began his career in journalism as a columnist with Daily Anjam, New Delhi, in 1946.
Mr Akhyar migrated to Pakistan in Sept 1947 and joined daily Sindh Observer, Karachi.
The high point of his career came when he became part of a team that launched “The Times of Karachi”. Upon the newspaper’s closure he joined Morning News, Karachi, but after some time moved to Lahore, where he worked for The Civil and Military Gazette.
In the late 1960s Mr Akhyar worked for the Hyderabad-based Indus Times. He was also a member of a team led by Z.A. Suleri which launched daily New Times, Rawalpindi.
After returning to Karachi, he joined Business Recorder, but in 1987 switched over to Daily Dawn. In 1993 he was made city editor of the newspaper.
But a few months later Mr Akhyar returned to Business Recorder after having been offered the position of executive editor. He worked in that capacity till retirement in 2008.
Soyem would be held at his residence, 4-E, 11/12 Nazimabad No 4, Karachi, on Friday between 4pm and 7pm.
CONDOLENCE: The Karachi Union of Journalists and the Dawn unit of KUJ have condoled the death of Abul Akhyar and praised his passion for and dedication to journalism.
In a joint statement, the president of KUJ, Khurshid Abbasi, and General Secretary Hassan Abbas recalled his immense contribution to the profession.