LAHORE -- Pakistan's renowned TV/Radio host, film actor, politician Tariq Aziz passed away due to cardiac arrest in Lahore on Wednesday. He was 84.
Tariq Aziz was admitted in a private hospital last night after falling critically ill. He passed away due to a cardiac arrest, reported 'Radio Pakistan'.
In his last and cryptic tweet from Tuesday evening, Tariq Aziz wrote, 'Lagta hai waqt tham gaya hai. Rawan dawan zindagi ruk gae hai. Kayi dinon se bistar per laitay laitay soch raha hun ke azaadana harkat bhi Maalik ki kitni bari naimat thi. (It seems as if time has paused and life has stopped. I've been lying in this bed for so many days and thinking what a blessing the freedom of movement itself was).'
He then added, 'Najaane puraana waqt kab laut ke aaega abhi tou koi umeed nazar nahi aarahi. (I wonder when old times will return, for now I see no hope).' In another one of his recent tweets, Aziz revealed that his upcoming book Footpath se Parliament tak was almost ready to be published.
He began his professional career from Radio Pakistan Lahore and was one of the most recognisable voices on radio. He was the first announcer of PTV. Tariq Aziz was known for his work on PTV's Quiz Show Neelam Ghar, first aired in 1974, later renamed the Tariq Aziz Show and also known as Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz.
His hosting skills on the show 'Neelam Ghar' made him a household name in Pakistan over the past four decades in the country. A renowned poet, Aziz was also a former parliamentarian and a respected poet. He had been member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between 1997 and 1999. He also performed in various movies.
Tariq Aziz also acted in a number of Pakistani films in the late 1960s and 1970s in side-roles. One of his famous movies was Salgira (1969) which was a highly successful musical movie and won 2 Nigar Awards for that year.
He was awarded Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992 for his services to the nation.
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of renowned and legendary actor and TV show host Tariq Aziz.
In a condolence message on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that Tariq Aziz was an icon in his time and a pioneer of our TV game shows. He prayed for strength to his family members to bear this irreparable loss.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif tweeted, 'Tariq Aziz - an artist who loved literature and...