Veteran journalist and chief reporter of daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Muhammad Yousuf Khan, passed away on Wednesday of a heart attack. He was laid to rest at the Gizri Graveyard, Defence Housing Authority on Friday after a funeral held at Sultan Masjid that was attended by hundreds of people.
Khan suffered a heart attack and was taken to the National Medical Centre where he passed away. He was 54 years old and leaves behind two sons, a daughter and a widow.
Born in 1953, Khan kicked off his journalistic career from Musawat newspaper in 1973. He also worked for Jang newspaper and has been associated with Nawa-i-Waqt since 1979.
As a student, Khan was involved in student politics. He was linked with the National Students Forum (NSF) and even spent two years in jail. “He was like my elder brother,” a close friend, Jamshed Gul, told The Express Tribune. “It is difficult to believe that he is not among us any more. He was a straightforward man with a great sense of humour and a magnetic personality. He had many friends as he looked beyond race, language, sect and religion and dealt with everyone without any prejudice.”
Noted members of the journalism community and politicians came to pay their respects. “Today we lost an old friend,” Taj Haider told the media. “He did much for the progress of the country and for objective journalism.”
Home Minister Manzoor Wassan, MQM Rabita Committee members Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Raza Haroon, Pakistan Peoples Party leaders Taj Haider, Ijaz Durrani, Imtiaz Sheikh, Haleem Adil Sheikh, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Syed Ghous Ali Shah, Saleem Zia, Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Muhammad Hussain Mehnati, Mirajul Huda Siddiqi, Jamiat Ulema Islam Ameer Qari Usman attended.
“Yousuf Khan was a brave journalist,” said PML-N’s Syed Ghous Ali Shah. “He never wrote with bias against anyone and never hurt anybody in his life.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2011.