May 28, 2020
ISLAMABAD—Muhammad Ashfaq, a senior broadcast journalist and Huma Zafar, an Urdu newscaster of Radio Pakistan, succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday.
According to Radio Pakistan, Ashfaq was a regular employee and known for his competence and dedication to work. At the same time, Huma was a contractual newsreader and had been reading national bulletins in CNO and PBC for two decades. She did her Ph.D. in Psychology and was a senior faculty member at the Waqar-un-Nisa Girls College, Rawalpindi.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shibli Faraz, Information Secretary, Akber Hussain Durrani, Director General Radio Pakistan, Ambreen Jan, all the directors and staff of the national broadcaster, condoled the deaths of both the PBC professionals and sympathized with the bereaved families.
Earlier, on Thursday, Fakhruddin Syed, a Peshawar-based news reporter with 92 News, also died of coronavirus.
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