October 31, 2020
Published 23 days ago
KARACHI—Saleem Asmi, the legendary former editor of Dawn passed away in Karachi on Saturday following several days of illness.
During his career he worked for Pakistan Times, The Muslim, and Khaleej Times.
He was an active trade unionist and one of the founders of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and headed the Karachi Press Club.
Asmi actively participated in the press freedom movements against military dictators Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, and Ziaul Haq, and was jailed.
He founded the Democratic Students Federation which got banned in the 1950s.
According to Dawn, he launched the paper’s Islamabad edition. During his stint, he published Osama bin Laden’s interview by Hamid Mir, even though he was a non-staffer, because the interview contained hard news about nuclear technology.
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