Renowned radio and TV anchor Tariq Aziz died Wednesday in Lahore, his family reported. He was 84.
Aziz was born on 28 April 1936 in Jalandhar. His family migrated to Pakistan after partition, and settled in Sahiwal where he obtained his primary education.
In the 1960s he began his career with Radio Pakistan, and later became Pakistan’s first television host.
His show Neelam Ghar — later known as Tariq Aziz Show — began on Pakistan Television in 1974 and continued for four decades. He was also a poet and actor, appearing in many radio and television shows and in film.
His first film, Insaniyat, was made available in 1967. He has also appeared in other prominent titles including Salgirah, Qasam Us Waqt Ki, Katari and Har Gaya Insan.
In 1992 he was awarded the Government’s coveted Pride of Achievement Award for his contributions to the film industry.
Aziz also dabbled in politics, and was a member of the 1997-99 National Assembly.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences to the family of Aziz and said the star of the television was a loyal citizen who had proven his mettle.