The year 2016 was undoubtedly a tragic year for Pakistan. We lost some of the most iconic personalities who brought fame and prosperity to this pure land with their talent and hard work.
This is a tribute to all those distinguished personalities of Pakistan that we lost in 2016.
Junaid Jamshed – December 7, 2016
A musician turned scholar, Junaid Jamshed initially became famous for the evergreen ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ in 1987. He left the entertainment industry in 2002 to pursue Islam. He reemerged later as a host and naat khuwan, also venturing into commerce – J. (Jay Dot).
Junaid was on the ill-fated PIA 661 flight that crashed in Hawelian.
Amjad Sabri – June 22, 2016
Amjad Sabri was one of the most prominent Pakistani qawwali singers. He came to limelight after the demise of his father a decade back. In the West, he was known as the ‘Rockstar of Qawwali’ due to his mesmerizing performances.
He was shot dead on his way to host an iftar transmission in Ramzan 2016.
Hanif Muhammad – August 11, 2016
Hanif Muhammad was a legendary cricketer who played 55 test matches between 1952 and 1969. He was the first Pakistani to score triple hundred in a test match and was nicknamed “Little Master” by ESPNcricinfo. He was the best batsman of his time.
He was suffering from lung cancer, eventually succumbing to the gravity of his illness.
Fatima Surayya Bajia – February 10, 2016
Fatima Surayya Bajia was a prominent name in the world of literature. She wrote several novels, playwrights, and television dramas that won many awards. She was also awarded Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She remained Chief Minister Sindh’s advisor and a managing committee member of Arts Council of Pakistan.
She breathed her last at the age of 85, succumbing to throat cancer.
Abdul Sattar Edhi – July 8, 2016
Abdul Sattar Edhi, the greatest humanitarian of the 20th century, was the founder of Edhi Welfare Trust, an NGO involved with building and maintaining hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centers and orphanages. He was nominated many times for the Nobel Prize.
He breathed his last due to kidney failure and prolonged age-related illness.
Shahlyla Baloch – October 12, 2016
Shahlyla Baloch was a distinguished Pakistani footballer by profession who played as a forward for Balochistan United and Pakistan’s national women team. She was the first to score a historic hat-trick during her stint in the Maldives.
She died in a car accident in Karachi.
Yawar Hayat Khan – November 3, 2016
Yawar Hayat Khan was a Pakistani TV producer and was known as the ‘chief architect’ of most drama serials. Some of his creations include Samandar, Kundi, Farar, Dehleez, Sahil and many others.
He died after a short period of illness in Lahore, Pakistan.
Hassan Sadpara – November 21, 2016
Hassan Sadpara was a renowned mountaineer and adventurer hailing from Sadpara near Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. He is the first Pakistani to have climbed the Everest, K2, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, and the Broad Peak. He dreamt of building a mountaineering school and surmounting the top 14 mountain peaks in the world.
He died a short while after being diagnosed with blood cancer.
Shamim Ara – August 5, 2016
Shamim Ara was an acclaimed actress, producer and director, four-time winner of Nigar Awards. She was well-known for her roles in much-admired movies such as Devdas, Humraz and Pal Do Pal. She was considered one of the most successful female film directors of Pakistan.
She was in a coma for six years, eventually losing the battle of life.
Intezar Hussain – February 2, 2016
Intezar Hussain was one of the most prolific writers in Pakistan, excelling in short stories, novels, poetry and journalism. He was honored for his work by the Ordre Des Arts et des Lettre (Order of Arts and Letters), a prestigious literary organization in France.
He died in Lahore after contracting pneumonia.
Dr Abdul Wahab – September 6, 2016
Dr Abdul Wahab was a renowned educationist. He was the former Vice Chancellor of Karachi University and the Head of Institute of Business Administration (IBA). He had also served as the President of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University. (MAJU)
He died as a result of complications arising due to cancer.
The Priceblaze.pk team prays these deceased souls sparkle like stars in their after-life just as they did in this one.