Journalist, human rights activist IA Rehman passes away in Lahore

Journalist, human rights activist IA Rehman passes away in Lahore

Lahore (Web Desk): Journalist and human rights activist Ibn Abdur Rehman, known as IA Rehman, passed away at the age of 90 in Lahore on Monday.

According to his family, the late columnist was diabetic and also had blood pressure related complications but the cause of death is unclear.

He was born on September 1930 in Haryana, British India which is now part of India.

Rehman, a distinguished Lahore-based journalist, was involved with journalism for more than 65 years.

During the East Pakistan crisis, he was working as the managing editor of Urdu daily Azad. He served as the executive editor of weekly Viewpoint from 1978 to 19 88.

Rehman worked as editor of the Pakistan Times (1988-1990) before joining the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in the early 90s, first as director and later as secretary general.

He was also a regular columnist for daily Dawn.

Besides working as an activist and journalist, he also authored three books including Jinnah as a Parliamentarian, Arts and Crafts of Pakistan, and Pakistan under Siege, a collection of his own columns.

IA Rehman received the International Nuremberg Human Rights Award in 2003, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding in 2004.

Soon after the news of his death, social media flooded with condolence messages.