Liaquat ‘Soldier’ dies of heart attack

Published: March 31, 2011
He was also a famous director, writer and stage actor.

He was also a famous director, writer and stage actor.


Renowned TV comedian, stage actor, writer and director Liaquat Ali ‘Soldier’ died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He had just completed work at the SAMAA TV office in Karachi and was on his way home when he suffered the attack. He breathed his last on the way to the hospital.

The 58-year old started his career from Adamjee Hall in 1973. Soldier worked with many famous personalities, including Moin Akhtar, Furqan Haider, Umer Sharif, Hanif Raja and Shahzad Raza in more than 250 plays. Besides working for plays and theatre, Soldier also worked in the film ‘Baraf’.

Furqan Haider, Soldier’s friend and co-actor, told The Express Tribune that Liaquat was not just a good actor but a “humble, good person”. “He started from a low-income background and was [especially] kind to poor people.”

Haider expressed sorrow over the death and called it “a big loss to the world of comedy dramas”.

Another of Soldier’s friends, Afzal Qadri, recalled his witty nature. “He was very hard working. He worked for a number of Pakistani TV channels, including Geo TV, SAMAA, Dhoom TV, Metro, Hum TV and ARY. He also worked in the US, Dubai and South Africa,” Qadri said.

Soldier’s unusual last name was given to him by his friend Nazar Hussain, a stage artist. Soldier belonged to the Marwari clan which hails from Gujarat.

Soldier is survived by his wife, daughter Fatima and three sons, Umer Khayam, Ali Khayam and Abdullah Khayam. His funeral prayers were offered at Badami Masjid, Ranchore Lines after Isha. He was buried at the Mewa Shah graveyard.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • R. Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Sad, we lost a good actor! Recommend

  • Shafaq Mustafa
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:14AM

    May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen.Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:30PM

    Certainly a great loss.Recommend

  • Bashir Ahmed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:41PM

    I am very sad to hear the news of Soldier’s untimely death. He was an outstanding actor and comedian. May Allah bless his soul and grant patience to his bereaved family. Amin.Recommend

  • Aqeelkhan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Shame on the Pakistani cricketers who did not perform yesterday!!!!
    Indirectly his death was linked to them.Recommend

    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:07PM

    woking on tv is not good it is not a big loss

    Ali RazaRecommend

  • Salman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:22PM

    @ Ali

    This article is only mourning the loss of a human….. a Pakistani and a living soul

    Lets stop evaluating the life he had….. Recommend

  • maleha
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:22PM

    @Aqeelkhan: Plz dont say bad things for our team they play very good in tournment, i agree with this that our team not played well but may b yesterday was not our day, plz dont underestimate our team its time as a nation we have to support them and encourage them for future. Recommend

  • maleha
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:29PM

    @Aqeelkhan: Plz dont say bad things about our team they played well throughout tournment, i agree with this that yesterday they played not well but may be yesterday was not our day, dont underestimate our team its the time as a nation we have to support and encourage them for the future. Recommend

  • Aqeelkhan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:51PM

    I was very particular in my comment, I mentioned tha players who did not perform well. What has Younis khan done in the entire tournament. I blame him completely for the loss.
    Also Soldier was coming back from a programme on India pakistan match, hence it was the only reason for his heart attack.Recommend

  • A.S.Zara
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:01PM


  • Fareedi
    Mar 31, 2011 - 7:40PM

    It was his time to go, as shall be for all of us… just wait for yours….!
    As promised by God.Recommend

  • Azmina Dhanani
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:36PM

    May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen.Recommend

  • zahid khan
    Apr 1, 2011 - 3:30AM

    You’ll never be forgotten. You made us laugh and eventually you made us cried TOO Bad. May Allah Bless your soul in peace.Recommend

  • Farid
    Apr 1, 2011 - 4:09PM

    aap ek hee thy shayad humne bohat bada Actor or ek bohat acha Insan khoya hai
    shayad aap ki kami kabhi puri nhi hogi.,?Recommend

  • nauman azmi
    Apr 22, 2011 - 11:07PM

    The sudden death of liaquat soldier is a great loss to Pakistan stage
    & TV dramas.
    We all hereby pray for him.

    Nauman AzmiRecommend

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