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Ahfaz, a fearless fighter for free press, passes away

KARACHI: Ahfazur Rehman, a journalist admired for his lifelong struggle for a free press, breathed his last in the wee hours of Sunday at a hospital in Karachi. He was laid to rest at TP2 graveyard, Mehmoodabad. His death has robbed journalism and trade unionism in Pakistan of one of its finest in the shape of Ahfazur Rehman, who lost a long battle with cancer. He was amongst those dedicated journalists who worked for several Urdu newspapers and magazines. His last stint was with Jang, where

Journalist Ahfaz-ur-Rahman, who fought three military dictatorships | SAMAA

Ahfaz-ur-Rahman, who died at 78 this Sunday, was a journalist who fought against three military dictators in his lifetime—on the streets, on paper, in jail and, as a photograph from 2007 showed, on the ground. It was a poetic injustice of sorts that towards the end of his life, throat cancer prevented him from speaking, leading him to rely on pieces of paper or a voice modulator applied to his larynx. But perhaps what he had to say had already been said, in his daily Express column ‘Black and

PFUJ pays tributes to Ahfaz ur Rehman, announces three-day mourning - Journalism Pakistan

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed its deep sorrow and grief over the death of veteran journalist Ahfaz ur Rehman and announced three-day mourning across the country. Rehman passed away in Karachi on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He had cancer and had been under treatment at the Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital. In a joint statement, PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi paid rich tributes to the life-long struggle and sacrifices rende

Journalist, poet, trade unionist Ahfazur Rahman passes away at 78

After battling cancer over the past decade, during which he lost his voice a few years ago due to throat cancer, Ahfazur Rahman passed away early on Sunday at the age of 78. He was a journalist, a poet and a trade unionist. After his condition worsened a few days ago, Rahman was admitted in a private hospital, according to his close friends. On Sunday morning, however, his wife and Aurat Foundation Resident Director Mahnaz Rahman broke the sad news. She posted some lines of poetry online...

The importance of being Ahfaz

The importance of being Ahfaz To say that with Ahfaz ur Rehman we have lost a fighter for the freedom of expression in Pakistan is an understatement. He stood for much more than freedom of expression and embodied a class of journalists that was alert, caring, defiant, fearless, humane, and multidimensional. Most newspapers have published his life story so there is no need to reproduce it here; even more important is to recount and remember some of the qualities he personified and that most jou

احفاظ الرحمن کے آخری نو دن: صحافت اور محبت کا آخری پڑاؤ

اس روز بھی وہ غنودگی کے عالم میں لیٹے ہوئے تھے۔ میں نے ان کے کان میں جا کر کہا ”آپ کو یاد ہے شارع فیصل پر مسجد رومی کے پاس رائٹرز گلڈ کا آفس ہوا کرتا تھا، میں نے آپ کو پہلی مرتبہ وہیں دیکھا تھا۔ آپ کو چین سے آئے ہوئے زیادہ عرصہ نہیں ہوا تھا۔ آپ کے چہرے پر سرخی جھلکتی تھی اور آپ بہت کیوٹ لگتے تھے“ انہوں نے پٹ سے آنکھیں کھول دیں۔ اس وقت ان کی آنکھیں معمول سے کہیں بڑی ہو گئی تھیں خبر تحیر عشق سن کر۔ لمحہ بھر بعد دوبارہ آنکھیں موند لیں، نہ جنوں رہا نہ پری رہی۔ جو رہی سو بے خبری رہی۔

Remembering Ahfazur Rahman, a fighter for press freedom |

In a professional career spanning over 40 years, Ahfazur Rahman stood up to three military regimes as a poet, journalist and a trade unionist. He was always at the forefront in the struggle for protecting the rights of students, journalists and workers. On April 15, Rahman breathed his last in Karachi at the age of 78 after battling cancer for 10 years. Rahman was born on April 4, 1942, in Jabalpur, India. His family migrated to Karachi in 1947 when he was just five. After receiving his schoo
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