KARACHI: Abul Hasanat, Senior Editorial Consultant at The Express Tribune, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday night. He was 68. He is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters.
Abul Hasanat, who was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was treated for pneumonia at Karachi’s Liaquat National Hospital last week.
He was discharged on Thursday, but his condition again deteriorated on Friday night and was rushed to Ziauddin Hospital in North Nazimabad on Saturday morning where he passed away shortly before midnight.
Abul Hasanat, who graduated from Karachi University in 1973, had been associated with The Express Tribune as Senior Editorial Consultant for the last eight years.
The veteran journalist had previously worked as the City Editor for Karachi as well as an Editorial Adviser at Dawn newspaper. He had also worked at Saudi Gazette.
His Namaz-e-Janaza will be offered at Masjid-e-Khairul Bashar, Block J, North Nazimabad after Zuhar prayers.
“A fine editor and equally fine writer, a powerhouse of knowledge, a connoisseur of literature, an avid reader, a mentor – Hasanat Sahib was a Renaissance man. We and many young journalists who have worked with us owe him so much,” said Naveed Hussain, Editor, The Express Tribune.
“Our teacher, mentor and guru of many journalists Abul Hasnat sb passed away. Please say a prayer for him,” wrote Rafay Mahmood, Editor, Life & Style at The Express Tribune.
A former colleague, Habib Khan Ghauri called him “an upright, and a very competent journalist”. “He was always there to guide and help newcomers, and encouraged them. He will be remembered as always ready to support the cause of oppressed people and democracy,” said Ghauri.
Tributes poured in for the senior journalist on social media.