Veteran anchor, actor, and politician Tariq Aziz passed away at 85 in Lahore on Wednesday. Reportedly, Aziz was admitted to a private hospital late Tuesday after feeling critically ill.
Soon after the news came out, people mourned the demise by taking up to social media. Fans paid tribute to one of the greatest Tv presenters Pakistan has ever produced.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed disappointment on the loss of the ‘pioneer’ of Tv industry. “Saddened to learn of the passing of Tariq Aziz, an icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows. My condolences and prayers go to his family,” he wrote.
Saddened to learn of the passing of Tariq Aziz, an icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows. My condolences and prayers go to his family.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 17, 2020
President Arif Alvi also mourned the loss of the renowned anchor. The President offered condolence to the family of Tariq Aziz and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Waseem Badami, currently one of the top anchors in Pakistan, recalled few memorable moments with the first voice of Pakistan Television.
طارق عزیز صاحب کے ساتھ ایک نشریات کے یادگار لمحات جس میں انہوں نے اپنے مخصوص انداز سے پاکستان زندہ باد کا نعرہ بھی لگایا۔۔
اللہ تعالی غریق رحمت کرے۔ آخرت کی منازل آسان فرماے😔 pic.twitter.com/Zi04iRCRUo
— Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) June 17, 2020
Mahira Khan acknowledged Aziz’s services for the country and prayed for his soul to rest in peace.
Legend is, what legend does. He served us all. For so so long. Pakistan is indebted to you Tariq Aziz Sir. Truly, the end of an era.
May Allah bless you. My condolences to his family and all of Pakistan. 🙏🏼♥️🇵🇰#TariqAziz pic.twitter.com/kRflbgrfVu
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 17, 2020
‘Jeeto Pakistan’ host Fahad Mustafa felt disappointed with the demise of one of his idols.
Humayun Saeed, Ali Zafar, Ayesha Omar, Ayeza Khan, Zeba Bakhtiar, and Neelum Munir Khan were also among the people who expressed grief on the loss of Aziz.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
Tariq Aziz sahab was a true legend and a national icon. May his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/MqBSAhYIPL
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) June 17, 2020
Rest in peace Tariq Aziz Sahab. You gave us an era. A childhood full of memories. You gave us gifts and so much more. We forget our heroes too soon. But I am confident you shall never be forgotten. Such was your presence. #RIP #TariqAziz https://t.co/xMNGO29P7s
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 17, 2020
Cricketers Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar also paid tribute to the famous anchor and prayed for his soul to rest in peace.
طارق عزیز صاحب اب ہم میں نہین رہے۔ پاکستانی ٹی وی تاریخ کا ایک عہد آج اختتام پذیر ہوا، انکا منفرد انداز “دیکھتی آنکھوں سنتے کانوں کو سلام” بے حد مس کیا جائےگا۔ اللہ تعالیٰ سے دعا ہے کہ مرحوم کے درجات بلند فرمائے اور ان کو جنت الفردوس میں جگہ دیں۔ آمین
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 17, 2020
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 17, 2020