You will live on, Moin

Published: April 23, 2011
The writer is communications adviser of the All-Pakistan Muslim League

The writer is communications adviser of the All-Pakistan Muslim League

Moin Akhtar (MA) is with us no more. As I sit here, I think of all the years of entertainment, joy and laughter he gave us that one shall cherish forever. Over the last few days, our press has been full of tributes to a man that rose to iconic heights due to his God-gifted talent as a tremendous entertainer.

My association with Moin Akhtar was that of a younger colleague as I entered the world of television. Looking back, I always remember him as a talented, kind, helpful human being. These are the qualities that one shall always remember him by whenever one watches repeats of the great works he has left behind to keep us laughing, in the archives of entertainment history.

In all the tributes to Moin Akhtar, I feel it is important for us to reach out to his family and specifically his children. I write this note in memory of MA and out of respect for his loved ones. One would, like to tell his children that we, as the entertainment fraternity, shall always cherish the memory of MA and we, as a nation, shall always continue to smile at the mention of his name for that is what he spent his life doing, making us smile.

MA would have wanted it no other way. He would have wanted us to remember him in happy thoughts and continue to cherish his loved ones, for they are blessed to carry a name known around the world of a father that shall always live in the hearts and minds of every Pakistani. He may have left us too soon, but his spirit shall always remain amongst us.

As a great showman that served Pakistan well for over 40 years, he is our national hero. He made us laugh through many a difficult times. During his life, he worked for us during wars, terrorism, earthquakes and floods. MA never gave up making us smile as a nation through difficult times. Just like Faiz, Habib Jalib, Noorjehan and many other icons, MA shall always be remembered as a messenger of happiness, peace and courage.

He will be loved and remembered for his power as a national celebrity to unite a nation divided by social and political turmoil. Laughter being the best medicine, MA was a doctor to our hearts and souls and for this, we shall thank him always. May he rest in peace.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2011.

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  • qazi
    Apr 24, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Well said Atiqa. You have articulated thoughts and feelings of all Pakistanis by paying homage to a man who made us laugh during troubled times and even in death succeeded in uniting the nation in grief. May Allah Bless his soul. Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 12:05AM

    “MA was a doctor to our hearts and souls”
    True words.
    May Allah Grant him eternal Peace and may Allah give his survivors patience and strength.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 12:31AM

    May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

    He was a classic and superb comedian…

    and only QUALITY comedy.Recommend

  • Q
    Apr 24, 2011 - 12:51AM

    Thanks Atiqa.Recommend

  • Sehar Sultan Alam
    Apr 24, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Moin Akhtar one of the gem of Pakistan will always be remembered and shine in the hearts of the people of Pakistan. He was a man of great personality, sensational style, extreme variation and above all a friend of humanity. May Allah rest him in peace…AMEEN…we will miss you…Recommend

  • Numair
    Apr 24, 2011 - 1:14AM

    Moin Akhtar was a great entertainer. The word Legend is very small for him. Infect he was the king of quality comedy, and apart from this he was a very good and noble man. I still remember his drama Such Much by PTV, in which he played role of “Manzoor Danaywala” with Ghazala Javid (Zulahia ke Maa), that was awesome. I always try to find program in which MA works. Really a very very sad moment for us. Moin Akhtar I will miss you, we all will miss you. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen. Suma Ameen. I request for pray to the whole nation. Recommend

  • gholam bari
    Apr 24, 2011 - 4:04AM

    yes u right he is great human and remember forever for lifetimeRecommend

  • gholam bari
    Apr 24, 2011 - 4:07AM

    u always true allahRecommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 7:46AM

    May Allah bless on his soul,we always miss you Doctor of Entertainer (DE).thank you for to give us smile on every moment of nation life..Recommend

  • waqas
    Apr 24, 2011 - 1:41PM

    Thanks alot atiqa odho for paying tribute to Moeen akhtar.Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 24, 2011 - 1:42PM

    am still in denial … i used to refrence him to introduce pakistan.Recommend

  • asad
    Apr 24, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Great Man!!
    will miss u foreverRecommend

  • Asad Baig
    Apr 24, 2011 - 3:11PM

    A True Legend,a Genius, Moin Akhtar Loss to Pakistan is Enormous.It will be Very Hard to Ever Replace Him.May His Soul Rest in Peace.Recommend

  • Huma Hussain
    Apr 24, 2011 - 4:03PM

    We will never find a Moin Akhtar again,lost forever.May Allah grant him highest place in jannat & give strenght to his family to bear this huge loss,ameen

    I want to write something for him but i think sometimes one has no words and that is when you love someone so much,We all love you Moin Akhtar sahab.

    His personality says that he was a great human being thats all i can say & people close to him saying that he was a great man that speaks volmues it self.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 4:42PM

    It was really very shocking news for us when we heard about our Beloved and Legend Comedian Actor “Moin Akhtar Bhai’s” death, God Blessed you forever and Inshallah you will be in the paradise by the grace of Allah Almighty.

    We will miss you “Moin Bhai”……Recommend

  • Adnan Mahmood
    Apr 24, 2011 - 5:29PM

    he will be alive in our hearts and mind…forever!
    May be a monument could be built over his name so will he be remembered by our next generations. I guess he deserves a whole museum in the art department.
    If I am not optimistic then he should be studied in our universities’ art departments. His plays could really teach people over youtube videos. I thought to do something for him more than just words.Recommend

  • Apr 26, 2011 - 12:30AM

    MOIN AKHTER….The Most Beautiful personality ,the man of outstanding nature, the heart of many people , the Artist of the Century , has passed away Silently ,,,,, leaving us alone , making us Cry, but leaving a silent mesg for us… ” Always live for the people & Bring Smile on their faces ” MAy ALLAH rest his soul in peace & Allah give a place in the heaven….. Ameen

    thanks for such nice and kind words for him and surely he will be rewarded by allah almighty ..! your words is really a tribute to him and such kind words for him ..the word messager of happiness ..he was man of kindness towards every one such a nice person left this world with leaving thousands of people behind crying for him and surely all pakistan will miss such a great artist and a wonderfull man of his time i wish allah bless him in every step of life here after Recommend

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