Shahid Ahmed Khan, a senior journalist who made his mark as the PTI correspondent in Pakistan in the 1990s, passed away in Kolkata on Saturday after battling cancer for about two years.
Khan, who was 48, was present at the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief's residence on October 12, 1999, when Gen Pervez Musharraf's troops encircled it and seized power. In fact, he was the first to report the military takeover.
A dedicated journalist and an amiable person, Khan took over as Regional Manager of PTI in Kolkata on his return from Pakistan seven years ago. He had started his career in PTI in 1984 as a sports journalist.
PTI Editor-in-Chief M K Razdan said that the agency had lost one of it's most capable journalists in Khan's sad demise.
"Shahid worked splendidly in tough conditions in Pakistan. He never flinched, even when some militant organisations in Pakistan threatened to kidnap him," he recalled.