Express Tribune photojournalist Huma Choudhary passes away

Published: February 13, 2016
The Express Tribune photojournalist Huma Choudhary. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

The Express Tribune photojournalist Huma Choudhary. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

ISLAMABAD: The Express Tribune’s photojournalist Huma Choudhary, 30, passed away on Saturday at a local hospital in Islamabad.

Choudhary was on an official work assignment in the United Arab Emirates where she suspected she had contracted food poisoning, according to colleagues and family who had spoken with her.

She flew back to Pakistan on Saturday morning and was taken to a hospital where she passed away. The cause of her death has not been ascertained yet.

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Choudhary was a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She left a lucrative career in the financial sector to join The Express Tribune as a photojournalist in the summer of 2014. Her decision was prompted by a desire to contribute to society in a more meaningful manner and help restore a more positive image of Pakistan.

During her time with the paper, she contributed to a number of memorable photographs and stories to the paper. Beyond her contributions to the newspaper, her lively personality, desire to constantly improve, and a willingness to test herself were a source of inspiration for her co-workers.

Both as a photojournalist and as a human being, she approached life with an open spirit and a genuine kindness. Through her camera lens, she showed the world the beauty she saw through her own eyes.

Choudhary believed in the best side of people, and took great pride in being a Pakistani. Her love for her family and friends emanated from her being. She was deeply compassionate and never short of a kind thing to say. She was a loyal friend and dedicated professional.

For her co-workers, it was an honour working with Huma. She is survived by her parents, two older sisters, a younger sister, and a younger brother.

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  • M Ali
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:17PM

    Rest in Peace. Recommend

  • Point
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:40PM

    The only pro-Pakistani in your media. May Allah grant her Jannah and give patience to her family.Recommend

  • Naila
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:54PM

    Sad. Death by food poisoning? Strange. Perhaps an autopsy is needed to find the “Real” cause of death.Recommend

  • Palwasha
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:10PM

    Gone too soon… RIP!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:20PM

    This is sad. May Allah Almighty grant her the highest place in Jannah. Prayer and condolences for the deceased family. Time is the best healer. Recommend

  • nabidad
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:49PM


  • Kala_bacha
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:35PM

    Food poisoning or missed diagnosing ? Rest in peaceRecommend

  • naeemhussain
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:41PM

    So sad she passed away so young. May Allah bless her in peace and Jannah. Recommend

  • Aashish
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:42PM

    May her soul rests in piece Recommend

  • Hasan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 10:00PM


  • Shahbaz Rana
    Feb 13, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Miss Huma, May you Rest in Eternal peace. Today we lost a caring soul. We will miss you. Recommend

  • bambo
    Feb 13, 2016 - 10:38PM

    Sadly the world Game is Over. Time for Report Card.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 13, 2016 - 10:53PM

    May Bhagwaan bless her. She led a purposeful life.Recommend

  • Sanaa Zuberi
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:11PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. Deeply saddened to read this. Recommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:11PM

    sad indeed. RIPRecommend

    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:25PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilahe Rajeoun. We all come from Allah and we all return back to Allah. May Allah bless her soul and give sabr to her parents and siblings.Recommend

  • haroon
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:05AM

    very sad. no time to repent.Recommend

  • Danish
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:43AM

    Can’t believe. What a trauma condition would be her parents. . May Allah tala grant Sabr to all her stakeholders and give us tofeeq to prepare for death. . “Audit yourself before you are audited ” Hadith Recommend

  • Saleem Sethi
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:48AM

    The cause of death should be thoroughly investigated.Recommend

  • Ali Hameed
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:51AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi rajioon. May Allah give her peace and joy in her grave, and may she be among those who will enter the highest stages of jannah, ameenRecommend

  • Imtiaz Awan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 1:06AM

    So sad, too young to dies, my heart goes out to the family. May god bless her soul.Recommend

  • Vasileus
    Feb 14, 2016 - 2:09AM

    I express my sincere sympathy to her family. May her soul rest in peace…Ameen Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2016 - 2:17AM

    Rest in Peace. inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’unRecommend

  • Feb 14, 2016 - 2:18AM

    The untimely demise of Huma Choudhary has left me in disbelief and shock. Please say a prayer. Everything we strive for shatters when the eternal truth takes over. May Almighty bless her soul and grant her a place in the high heavens. Thinking about her I can just see her smile and feel sense of serenity. With the very little I know about her, is enough to say that she is being missed and there just aren’t any words to describe this loss. We have lost a truly amazing soul and a very gifted rare photo Journalist. I promise I’ll write that story I discussed with you… May you find peace and may your family and friends have the courage and strength to face this bitter reality. You’ll be missed forever. Inna nilahe wa inna ilahe rajioon. Recommend

  • Naim Khan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:33AM

    A big loss, Recommend

  • Prada
    Feb 14, 2016 - 6:21AM

    Pakistan’s medical standards need a lot of improvement. People die from ailments that are routinely treated elsewhere.Recommend

  • Babar Khan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 6:45AM

    May she rest in Peace! Cause of death need to be thoroughly investigated. Recommend

  • JSM
    Feb 14, 2016 - 7:26AM

    Saddened. Her food poisoning cas could not be handled?

  • imran rana (British High Commission)
    Feb 14, 2016 - 7:51AM

    In utter shock and in the state of disbelief. Huma used to attend and cover journalistic stories on my request on various occasions. She was among very few female photo journalists in Islamabad, I have loads of regards for her professionalism. May Allah grant her soul rest in Jannah. My personal thoughts with her family and friends at this difficult time. AmeenRecommend

  • Abbassin
    Feb 14, 2016 - 10:15AM


    “Pakistan’s medical standards need a lot of improvement.People die from ailments that are routinely treated elsewhere” FYI, first and foremost we recite inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un and offer our condolences when some one passes away, but then again reading your callous remarks,you probably do not even know, why we recite the above verse.As for your take on the Pakistani medical standards,I doubt that you are a medical expert,otherwise you will not be so quick in passing such a judgement,without knowing the details.Food poisoning is a very serious matter and people do die if not treated timely, and considering that she apparently contracted the poisoning in UAE,may be too much time had passed,before she was brought to the hospital.Let us then belatedly say our above prayer for the departed soul-AmeenRecommend

  • yasir khawaja
    Feb 14, 2016 - 11:33AM

    Rest in peace Huma !
    your work will always be remembered as great human.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Feb 14, 2016 - 11:37AM

    @Prada… you Indians don’t stop point scoring even on deaths.. what kind of sick mentality.Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2016 - 11:43AM

    This is so sad. Hope she didn’t die in vain.Recommend

  • ApologiesMate
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:57PM

    @Ahmed: I don’t know about that commenter but I’m an Indian. And I agree this is a totally unjustifiable thing to say.

    Extremely sorry for the demise of the journalist and doubly so if that heartless comment was indeed from an Indian national.Recommend

  • hassan murat
    Feb 14, 2016 - 4:21PM

    Might be it could be a murder not a natural death. May Allah bless herRecommend

  • Muhammad Bilal Mirza
    Feb 14, 2016 - 5:00PM

    إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
    Lets offer dua for her:
    O Allah, Forgive her, have mercy on her, give her peace and pardon her. Receive her with honour and make her entrance (grave) spacious. Wash her with water, snow, and ice and cleanse her of her faults like a white garment is cleansed of stains. Requite her with an abode better than her abode, with a family better than her family and a spouse better than her spouse. Admit her into Paradise and protect her from the torment of the grave and the torment of the Fire. Ameen. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Feb 14, 2016 - 8:39PM


    “Food poisoning is a very serious matter and people do die if not treated timely, and considering that she apparently contracted the poisoning in UAE,may be too much time had passed,before she was brought to the hospital.”

    Food poisoning not the same as being poisoned with some potent poison. In fact, it is really not such a serious condition at all as you think. Most of the time it is automatically cured in few days without any medication — just stop eating for a while and consume only small quantities of soft food along with plenty of liquids until fully cured. Recommend

  • Mano
    Feb 15, 2016 - 2:07PM

    She died of Brain anurysm. Symptoms include diarrhea vomiting, which was why food poisoning was suspected as cause of her death,

  • JSM
    Feb 15, 2016 - 3:55PM

    May she rest in peace.Recommend

  • Fareed Chaudhry
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:27PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioonRecommend

  • mudassar
    Feb 16, 2016 - 9:43AM

    Sad news ! Its an untimely death. May allah reward her jannah.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Feb 17, 2016 - 3:15AM

    What a loss! So young, so talented and so energetic, nipped in the bud. May her soul rest in peace.Recommend

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