Veteran television actor Tahira Wasti passes away

Published: March 11, 2012
Veteran television actor Tahira Wasti passed away on Sunday in Karachi. Wasti was 68. PHOTO: FILE

Veteran television actor Tahira Wasti passed away on Sunday in Karachi. Wasti was 68. PHOTO: FILE

Veteran television actor Tahira Wasti passed away on Sunday in Karachi. Wasti was 68.

Wasti, who is one of the oldest and most-recognised faces of Pakistan Television, appeared in shows like Kashkol, Jaangloos and Daldal. Wasti’s husband Rizwan and daughter Laila are also actors. Actor Maria Wasti is Tahira’s niece.

She started working on PTV in 1968-69 and came to prominence from a television play called Jaib Qatra, which was based on a short story by Saadat Hassan Manto. Wasti’s signature was her natural grace and regal personality, which made her the ideal choice for all shows that required characters showing royalty.

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  • Stricker
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:19PM

    RIP Tahira Wasti… You will be missed


  • Truth Teller
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Beautiful Actor! How dis she die?


  • Ahmad
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:25PM

    A great actress.
    You will be missed … Tahira Wasti… RIP..


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 7:28PM

    A great Actor, an asset of Pakistan Television, Rest in Peace Tahira


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Yet we loOse another beauty and brain. RIP ma’am.


  • Zeta
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioun


  • Falcon
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Great icon of our media. May you rest in peace.


  • AMK
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Allah jannat-ul-Firdous mai jaga ata farmaye…u ll b missed


  • Aisha
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Its such a sad news :( .May she attains the highest place in jannah.Recommend

  • wazirabadi
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:57PM

    She will be remembered for her superb acting in various TV serials and her Cleopatra like beautiful face. May Allah bless her with Jannah.


  • SoAndSo
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Why do we ignore our artists while they are still alive? =(


  • Hasan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Miss u n feel u in our hearts ever


  • AN
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:25PM

    RIP Tahira! You were a great actress. We Pakistanis will miss you.


  • Dr. Farhat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Such a said news
    May ALLHA rest her in pice [ Ameen]Recommend

  • Critc
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Very sad news.

    However, is this the best Express Tribune could write – bad English, least bit of information on her career and cause of death, and mentioning Rizwan as if he were still alive.


  • Ali
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:16PM

    May her soul rest in peace. Ameen.


  • Fan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Great actress

    Why cant we say actress


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:43PM

    The “Queen-Actress” has left behind millions of fans in Pakistan and worldwide.

    Her performance will always be remembered.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest her soul in peace and give strength to the beavered family members. Ameen.


  • Bilal Bajwa
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:47PM

    sad news, a great loss, RIP Tahira Wasti.


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 10:02PM

    She was a nice lady and also a great verstyle actress.. May God her soul peace and rest


  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioun..!!


  • Talal Farhat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Inna Lillah e Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajeoon
    It was Meet before Six Months Ago when she Come at Ptv Karachi Center, (I am working in Ptv) All Ptv Employees/Actors/Actress was Happy & They give Honor & Respect.. ohhhh… She Was a “GRACEFUL LADY” of Ptv Karachi Center, Her Husband Late Rizwan Wasti Was Also a Admirable, Dashing & Lovable Person… We Can Say “One Of The Best Couple In Pakistan Television History”.
    We Miss Both Are .. Till Our Death :( …
    We Pray To God…
    Give A “SPECIAL PLACE in HEAVEN” Ameen. (Both Personalities)
    “AFSHAN” Wast The Best Drama Serial Of Ptv Karachi Center’s History.. We Don’t Forget… This is a Memorable Play.


  • Talal Farhat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:08PM

    @Truth Teller:
    she was ill few Months & Taking Bed Rest…!


  • Mar 11, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Shocked felt by reading about Sad demise of my favorite TV Actress. Some months ago Rizwan Wasti her Spouse expired and since the She must feel loneliness. My share of grief to Maria Wasti and i must Pray for consolation and May Allah keep her Soul in Eternity and Peace AameenRecommend

  • Mar 11, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Sad Demise.Recommend

  • AllahRukha
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Sad and shocking demise. May her soul rest in peace. Ameen

    Imagine how many men and women in Pakistan were impacted by her work.


  • Saleem A Naushahi
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Both Husband and Wife were Actors of Superb Intelect
    She was the most Graceful Lady of her time
    May Allah Bless her Jannat ul Firdaus


  • Azmat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Sad to know…May ALLAH rest her soul in Peace…But onething i must mention is…that we are a muslim country….we are muslims Alhamdulillah….and muslim women should cover themselves while going out..should be in proper veil…even Voice of women in islam has been termed as Fitna and they have to talk in low voice…I request all muslim brothers and sisters that this world is not for showbiz…this is for ALLAh’s Ibadat…and there are tons of evils associated with muslim women going out of homes in non islamic ways…The day is not short that when it will be ur last day of life…Please be real Muslim Women…May ALLAH give her jannah…Aamin…Recommend

  • Awais Masood
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:54PM

    Sad News

    Agree with the comment regarding bad grammar and poor language. Seems more like a verbatim translation of the related story published in BBC Urdu. Tribune needs to improve its quality of language.


  • Saad
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Tahira and Rizwan Wasti will always be missed.RIP Tahira Wasti .


  • Usman Chaudhri
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Great actress.. she definitely left a hole in the TV industry which will be hard to fill.
    May her soul rest in peace.


  • Abdul Jabbar
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:41AM

    Sad News. Wonderful actress. May ALLAH rest her soul in peace . Ameen


  • zalim singh
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:13AM



  • Shahid
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:21AM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioun


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 6:35AM

    Tahira and Rizwan Wasti great loss .great actress.May Allah Rest her soil in peace.Ameen.


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 6:40AM

    Really sad news great actress May Allah rest her soul in peace. Ameen.


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  • Muhammad Naeem
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:34AM

    May Allah Bless her soul with eternal peace of Jannat-ul-firdous.Ameen


  • said ali khan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:55PM

    But I do not agree that the muslim women should not appear in TV or Drama or film. The muslims male even to sit at home and ask for food from America. Except of the rich countries all other countries depend upon the women’s earning and help with their men. If a woman does not come out to nurse your wife and you what u do. But I must ask the mulsim people where it is written in Quraan Majeed to support your comments. UZMA AYUB WAS TAKEN FROM HOME BY MUSLIM POLICE AND OTHERS, GANG RAPED AND HER BROTHER WAS KILLED IN OPEN AND DAY LIGHT. SEE HERE do not comment on the death of Mrs Wasti. Her face was worth looking on the screen as well as in open light.



    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:51PM

    sad news, may allah rest her soul in piece INNA LILLAH HEY WA INNA ELEYHI RAJEYOON


  • Shabnam Aslam
    Mar 13, 2012 - 12:02AM



  • Tilsim
    Mar 13, 2012 - 4:19AM

    A great actress. This is a big loss. May her soul rest in peace. May her family bear this loss with fortitude. Ameen.


  • Adil Ghani
    Mar 13, 2012 - 9:04AM

    she will be missed very badly, 1 of the most graceful and talented actress of pakistan. RIP


  • Mar 13, 2012 - 4:20PM

    tahira aunty we misses you alot.Recommend

  • nirmal maunder
    Mar 14, 2012 - 8:42AM

    May her soul rest in peace


  • ar_butt 51
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:41PM

    alahh un ko janat ulfardus man jaga ata farmay amin


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