Renowned academic, journalist Dr Mehdi Hasan passes away in Lahore – Pakistan

Prominent scholar and journalist Dr. Mehdi Hassan died Wednesday after a long illness at her home in Lahore.

He is 85 years old and is survived by his wife, Rakhshanda Hasan, and two sons.

His funeral prayers will be offered after Isha at the Sukh Chain Housing Society on Multan Road, according to Punjab University, where he was a professor of mass communications.

He was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2012 for his contribution to journalism.

As a journalist he Pakistan Press International Deputy editor and reporter in 1961-67. During this time he remained an elected official of the Federation of Pakistani Journalists (PFUJ).

domestic and international media, including voice of america, BBC News And Deutsche Belle, regularly sought his opinion on Pakistan’s political development. He has contributed articles to all major Pakistani newspapers.

Dr. Hasan is one of the few media historians in Pakistan and has appeared regularly as a commentator and panelist on television and radio programs.

His teaching career spans 50 years, during which he served as Dean of Journalism and Mass Communication at Beaconhouse National University.

The deceased scholar has written several books on history, journalism, mass communication, and politics. His book ‘The Political History of Pakistan’ is a widely used reference by journalists and producers.

He also served as Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Dr. Hasan received his master’s degree in the same field from the University of Punjab, followed by his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Punjab.

He also studied at the University of Colorado, USA on a Fullbright scholarship. While studying there, he conducted research on “Third World Countries Reporting in American Mass Media”.

He was also a passionate photographer, said his nephew Haider Hasan. “His love for photography brought him to the battlefield in Lahore in 1965,” he said.

Professor Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, Vice Chancellor (VC), University of Punjab, expressed his condolences on the death of Dr Hasan.

In a condolence message, VC prayed for the courage to help his family face this irreparable loss, calling Dr Hassan “a powerful voice for human rights in Pakistan”.

HRCP Chairman Hina Jillani said Dr. Hasan was “a public intellectual and one of Pakistan’s leading media historians”.

Dr Hassan added that he has been elected twice as HRCP Chairman, five times as Secretary General of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, and has nurtured several people while serving as a journalism teacher at the University of Punjab and Beacon House National University. A generation of journalists and columnists who always emphasize the integrity of facts and evidence”.

“Behind his soft tone was a political agility with which few could argue. It was Dr Hasan who many of his former students and leading politicians sought for advice. said Jilani. .

She described Dr. Hasan as “a proudly worldly person.”

He long warned that Pakistan can’t hope to become a true democracy as long as it affects religious nationalists, saying, “The unwavering commitment to freedom of religion, expression and opinion is a direction for human rights defenders and progressive journalists across Pakistan. presented,” he added. Pakistan, many gathered at his home in Lahore for a shared love of poetry and political anecdotes.”

Dr. Hassan will be greatly missed and his deepest condolences to his family and friends, she added.

In Cho’s message, Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and paid tribute to Dr Hasan’s contributions to education and the media.

“He has provided valuable services in the fields of journalism and education,” said Dr Hassan. “Journalism has been stripped of its master by his resignation.”

As additional input in APP