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Pakistan’s veteran TV actor Qazi Wajid dies at 87

Qazi Wajid, who won a presidential medal for his achievement in the field of radio and television dramas in 1988, died Sunday following severe chest pain.

tv Updated: Feb 11, 2018 19:48 IST
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Qazi Wajid,Pakistan’s veteran TV actor Qazi Wajid,Mahira Khan
Actor and radio artist Qazi Wajid died Sunday after he was hospitalised following chest pain.(Twitter/Ihtisham ul Haq)

Pakistan’s veteran TV actor Qazi Wajid has died in the southern port city of Karachi. He was 87. Wajid was hospitalised last night for chest pain and died this morning.

Born in 1930 in the eastern city of Lahore, he started his carrier as radio drama artist and remained attached to the “sound box” until television was introduced in Pakistan in 1964. Wajid won a presidential medal for his achievement in the field of radio and television dramas in 1988.

In television dramas, Wajid performed a wide variety of characters, both comedians and serious. His colleagues referred to him as the “academy.”

He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, who has also worked in Bollywood opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, tweeted mourning the loss. “Sad sad day for Pakistan.. we say goodbye to a great great artist and a fearless activist. They shall live on through their work, always. #QaziWajid #AsmaJahangir,” she wrote.

Veena Malik also took to Twitter to express her grief. “A very Sad Day for Pakistan. #QaziWajid and #AsmaJahangir is no more with us. May Allah rest their souls in peace. Ameen.... Sad Sunday,” she tweeted.

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First Published: Feb 11, 2018 19:14 IST