Renowned Pakistan TV, radio host Tariq Aziz passes away in Lahore

Renowned Pakistan TV, radio host Tariq Aziz passes away in Lahore

Lahore (Web Desk): Renowned television and radio anchor Tariq Aziz passed away at the age of 84 in Lahore on Wednesday.

Aziz began his professional career from Radio Pakistan Lahore and was one of the most recognisable voices on radio.

He was the first announcer of Pakistan Television PTV, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Tariq Aziz was known for his work on PTV's Quiz Show Neelam Ghar, first aired in 1974, later renamed as Tariq Aziz Show and also known as Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz.

His first film, Insaniyat, was released in 1967. Other notable titles he acted in include Salgirah, Qasam Us Waqt Ki, Katari and Har Gaya Insan.

Tariq Aziz also acted in a number of Pakistani films in the late 1960s and 1970s in side-roles. One of his famous movies was Salgira (1969) which was a highly successful musical movie and won 2 Nigar Awards for that year.

The late actor was awarded Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 for his services to the nation.

A renowned poet, Aziz was also a former parliamentarian. He had been member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between 1997 and 1999.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of renowned and legendary actor and TV show host Tariq Aziz.

In a condolence message on Wednesday, the premier said that Tariq Aziz was an icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows.

The PM prayed for strength to the family members of Tariq Aziz to bear this irreparable loss.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif also extended his condolences to Aziz's family and said that the TV personality was a patriotic person who had proven his mettle.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the renowned anchor.

In a statement, he said Tariq Aziz provided education and entertainment to the people of Pakistan through PTV for decades.

Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Provincial Ministers have expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over demise of veteran broadcaster, compere, anchor, actor and poet Tariq Aziz.