LONDON: An iconic and popular figure in television industry, renowned Pakistani business man and founder of ARY, Haji Abdul Razaq Yaqoob, died after ailment.
Haji Razaq was admitted in a London Hospital from a long time, where his brothers and other family members were attending him to get him recovered. After hearing the news about sad demise of Haji Razaq his fans in Pakistan and across the world fell in deep shock and anguish.
A condolence reference was arranged in Jamia Masjid Watford to pay homage to Haji Razaq for his services for nation, country and for overseas Pakistanis and Fatiha was offered to deceased soul.
The reference was attended by people from all walks of life and different shades of opinion, besides brothers of deceased including Haji Iqbal, Haji Rauf, Haji Jan Muhammad, Chief Executive of ARY Salman Iqbal and other family members were also present in the function and participants expressed condolence with them.
Addressing the gathering Pakistani High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan said Haji Razaq was an iconic figure of Pakistan and he is known for his services in different fields of life. Haji Razaq role in economic stability of Pakistan will always be remembered in and outside Pakistan, he added.
Giving reference of his long affiliation with Haji Razaq, Wajid said the deceased was a compact figure always preaching for and affection for Pakistan and making efforts for unity and solidarity of people.
Representative of former President of Pakistan Asif Zardari, Muzaffar Tapi has paid glowing tributes to Haji Razaq for his religious and national services saying his services for Islam and Pakistan are historic. Personality like Haji Razaq is born in centuries is it is very difficult to fill the vacuum created by his demise, he added.
He said Haji Razaq has entered in media industry when people were not pessimist about the future of electronic media in Pakistan, but with his determination he not only make his media house a success but also gave courage to others to enter in this field.
Dr Danish Saleem, senior leader of MQM on behalf of his own, party and Quaid Altaf Hussain paid tributes to deceased Haji Razaq and called him an important personality of Islamic World.
Barrister Sibgatullah Qadri said Allah has selected Haji Razaq for a noble cause and he proved himself worthy to this cause. Haji Razaq has introduced the programs in media industry which were being considered as parasite for media industry, he added.
Former Federal Minister Haji Hanif Tayyab, UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce former president Naheed Randhawa, Razi Khan, PTI leader Amjid Khan, Habib Khan, Peer Lakht e Hussain, Abdul Razaq Sajid, former Lord Mayor Walthamstov Councilor Liaqat Ali were also present in the function.
Patron Jamat e Ahle Sunnah Abdul Qadir Gilani show special affection towards Haji Razaq and attended the function as a special guest.
Earlier, after hearing the news about demise of Haji Razaq, Member European Parliament and Chairman Friends of Pakistan Sajad Karim, for president of Chamber Muzaffar Chaudhry, Tariq Chaudhry, Dr Ashraf Chauhan, Qamar Raza, Tahir Ali Chairman Venus TV, Zubair Gul President PML-N Britain, Community leaders Tariq Dar, Najeeb Ahmed, Chaudhry Majid Ismael, Ahmed Shahzad, office bearers of Pakistan Press Cub and Minhajul Quran UK termed the demise of Haji Razaq as a biggest national tragedy and a big loss to country.