Veteran journalist Iqbal Jafri passes away
Karachi: Veteran journalist and former student leader Iqbal Jafri died on Thursday in Islamabad after a protracted illness. He was 72 and he leaves behind a widow and three sons. His burial will be held in Karachi on Friday (today).
During his four decades long journalistic career he worked for BBC, American news agency AP and other foreign newspapers. He worked as bureau chief in Karachi for Jang London and later worked as first City Editor in The News Karachi. He left the profession in 1999.
Jafri started his journalistic career from PPI and later he joined the English daily Sun. He also played an active role in the journalist movement in the 70’s. He also worked as public relations officer in the defunct Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) from 1973 to 1978 and later he was dismissed from service in Gen Ziaul Haq’s martial law.
He was an active student leader in 1960 and led the student movement against Gen Ayub Khan’s martial law. The then military regime forced him out of Karachi along with 12 other movement leaders Mairaj Muhammad Khan, Fatehyab Ali Khan, Ali Mukhtar Rizvi, Syed Saeed Hassan, Hussain Naqi and others. He was popular among his journalist colleagues and was elected to different positions at the Karachi Press Club.