Veteran actor and television host Tariq Aziz passed away in Lahore on Wednesday.He was 84 years old and was admitted to a private hospital last night after he fell critically ill.However the cause of his death is not yet disclosed.Born in 1936 in British India Aziz received his early education in Jalandhar now in India before starting his career at Radio Pakistan in Lahore.When the state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV) started its broadcast in 1964 from Lahore, he became the first male news announcer of the country.In 1974 Aziz started the first-of-its-type game show, Neelam Ghar, from PTV.
The show went on to register unprecedented heights. It was later rebranded as Tariq Aziz Show in 1996 before finally renamed Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz in 2006.Aziz also tried his luck in movies. He starred in Insaniyat (1967) alongside Waheed Murad and Zeba, following which he played a leading role in Haar Gaya Insaan.He received the Pride of Performance award in 1992 for his services.Expressing his condolences in a tweet, Prime Minister Imran Khan 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,” he added.
Later in the day, Chief of the Army Staff coas General Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed grief on the demise of the legendary broadcaster and outstanding artist.Dekho hun kis mahan star di mautt ho ghi hai te eh video dekhj ke apne apne vichar deo.Azizs “services for Pakistan will always be remembered”, Gen Bajwa said, according to Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.