LAHORE: Poet, journalist and broadcaster Nasir Zaidi passed away in Islamabad on Friday. He was 78.

After a paralysis attack, he was being treated in a hospital in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi, where he had a heart attack and died of it.

He left behind three sons and a widow.

He was laid to rest in Bahria Town graveyard.

Born on April 8, 1942, Muzaffarnagar, UP, India, Nasir Zaidi migrated to Pakistan along with his family. He received his education in Lahore and did his BA from the Islamia College, Lahore.

He started writing columns with weekly Himayat-i-Islam and worked with daily Imroze, Mashriq, Nai Baat and Pakistan among others.

He published four collections of his poetry, namely Doobtay Chand Ka Manzar, Wisaal, Iltafaat and Waraftagi besides editing and compiling many other books.

Zaidi remained the editor of literary journal Adab-i-Latif in 1960s and 70s for about 15 years and he was connected with the journal at the time of his death.

According to his son Adeel Nasir, he worked with the Radio Pakistan in various capacities including as an announcer, broadcaster and compere. He wrote speeches for the prime ministers when he was a part of the Press Information Department.

Published in Dawn, July 4th, 2020