Veteran journalist Zia Shahid passed away on Monday after a prolonged illness in Lahore. He was 78.
Shahid had been undergoing treatment for heart-related ailment at Shaikh Zayed Hospital for the last two weeks.
He was the editor-in-chief of Roznama Khabrain – an Urdu daily – and Channel Five.
The seasoned journalist remained associated with various publications during his illustrious career.
People belonging to different walks of life including journalist and politicians expressed grief over the death of the senior journalist.
“I am saddened to hear about the passing away of the Chief Editor Roznama Khabrain Zia Shahid. Extending my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the staff members of Channel 5 and daily Khabrain. May Allah Almighty increases his ranks in Jannah. Ameen,” wrote Tahirul Qadri, founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran, on his official Twitter handle.
I am saddened to hear about the passing away of the Chief Editor Roznama Khabrain Zia Shahid. Extending my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the staff members of Channel 5 and daily Khabrain. May Allah Almighty increases his ranks in Jannah. Ameen#ZiaShahid— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (@TahirulQadri) April 12, 2021
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry expressed sorrow over the sad demise and prayed for the departed soul.
ضیا شاھد صاحب کی رحلت کا سن کر بہت افسوس ہوا، خبریں اخبار کے بانی ایڈیٹر کی حیثیت سے ان کی صحافت نے بام عروج دیکھا، خدا غریق رحمت کرے اور امتنان شاھد اور وابستگان کو صبر دے— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 12, 2021
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani lauded the services of late Zia Shahid for press freedom.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani deeply grieved over the sad demise of seasoned journalist, Chief Executive Khabrain group Zia Shahid. Expresses heartfelt condolences. Chairman Senate lauds services of late Zia Shahid for press freedom.— Senate of Pakistan (@SenatePakistan) April 12, 2021