Lahore: Pakistan’s renowned TV host Tariq Aziz passed away in Lahore. He was 85. He was admitted in a private hospital last night after his condition deteriorated.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed profound grief over the passing away of renowned television and radio compere Tariq Aziz.
In their separate condolence messages, the President and the Prime Minister paid tribute to Tariq Aziz for his immense contribution for the field of television.
President Alvi termed Tariq Aziz “an institution in his field”.
The President offered condolence to the family of Tariq Aziz and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet said, “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,” the prime minister wrote.
He was born in 1936. Tariq Aziz received his early education in Jalandhar before starting his career at Radio Pakistan, Lahore. When Pakistan started its initial television broadcast in November 1964 from Lahore. Aziz was the first male PTV announcer. He was the first man to be seen on a Pakistan Television (PTV) broadcast.
Tariq Aziz, along with the film actor Waheed Murad and film actress Zeba , starred in the film “Insaniyat (1967)”
He also starred in another Pakistani film “Haar Gaya Insaan”. Aziz has appeared on several local television programs and morning shows. He has also organised telethons for charity purposes.
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.
He was one of the first TV anchors to gain commercial success by using the platform of the quiz show Neelam Ghar / Tariq Aziz Show. He interviewed many notable intellectuals, sports persons and celebrities on his shows.
Tariq Aziz was awarded Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 for his services to the nation.