Iconic puppeteer ‘Uncle Sargam’ passes away

Farooq Qaiser suffers a cardiac arrest in Islamabad


News Desk May 14, 2021
PHOTO: COURTESY/WIKEMEDIA COMMONS

Renowned artist Farooq Qaiser, who became famous for his character as "Uncle Sargam", has passed away in Islamabad after suffering a heart attack. He was 75.

The news was confirmed to Express News by his grandson Friday night. He was known as "Uncle Sargam" in the popular PTV show Kaliyan.

Uncle Sargam was a household name for Pakistani children of the 80s and 90s with his prominent puppet show Kaliyan at that time.

Condolences pour in

Prime Minister Imran Khan condoled over the demise of renowned artist and puppeteer. “He was not just a performer but would constantly raise awareness about social injustices and issues,” the premier said on Twitter in his condolence message.

Expressing sadness over Qaiser’s demise, the prime minister also conveyed his condolences and prayers for the bereaved family.

Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid also expressed grief over the demise of Qaisar. In his condolence message, he prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude and equanimity.

The minister said that Qaisar was a great writer, artist as well as cartoonist.

"He was king of social satire, comedy, puppetry, and communication and his services would be remembered along in the field of journalism and media," he added.

 

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