May 29, 2019
KARACHI – Veteran journalist Idrees Bakhtair, a former president of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) passed away on Wednesday in Karachi.
He was on the editorial committee of Geo Television, and had previously worked for BBC, The Star, and monthly magazine Herald.
Just heard from the family that noted journalist Idrees Bakhtiar has passed away. Spent over 2 decades with him at The Star, Herald & BBC. He was a friend, colleague and mentor. Above all he was one of the most honest journalis & a great human being. Will be greatly missed. RIP.— Zaffar Abbas (@abbasz55) May 29, 2019
Dawn Editor Zaffar Abbas said in a tweet that Bakhtair was one of the most honest journalists and a great human being. “He was a friend, colleague, and mentor.”
Analyst Mazhar Abbas said Bakhtair’s death was a loss to journalism.
Idrees Bakhtiar is no more. He was like my teacher. His death is a loss to journalism. Only few days back we had a long chat at Karachi Press Club. May Allah give his family strength to bear the loss.— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) May 29, 2019
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