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Farewell to a legend: The life and legacy of Pakistan's beloved newscaster Taskeen Zafar

 JournalismPakistan.com
 June 09, 2024

Farewell to a legend: The life and legacy of Pakistan's beloved newscaster Taskeen Zafar

RAWALPINDI—The world of broadcasting mourns the loss of Taskeen Zafar, the legendary voice of Radio Pakistan, who passed away in Rawalpindi on Sunday at the age of 67 after a brief illness. Born in Rawalpindi in 1957, Taskeen's illustrious career in broadcasting spanned over four decades, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

She began her journey with Radio Pakistan in 1980 as an announcer. Her eloquent voice and unique style quickly set her apart, making her a beloved figure in households across Pakistan. Over the years, she not only read the news but also hosted various programs on Radio Pakistan's news and current affairs channels. Her versatility extended to Pakistan Television, where she presented news and hosted music programs, further cementing her status as a media icon.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of broadcasting, Taskeen Zafar was awarded the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance last year. This accolade was a testament to her dedication, skill, and the impact she had on Pakistani media.

The news of Taskeen Zafar's passing has been met with an outpouring of grief from colleagues, fans, and government officials. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Attaullah Tarar, expressed his sorrow, stating, "Taskeen Zafar was a talented and experienced newscaster. Her death has resulted in an irreparable loss not only to Radio Pakistan but to the entire media industry." He extended his heartfelt condolences to her family and prayed for her eternal peace.

Secretary of Information and Broadcasting, Shahera Shahid, also expressed deep sorrow, calling her an asset to Radio Pakistan. She noted that the void created by her demise could never be filled and extended her condolences to Taskeen's family.

Director General Radio Pakistan, Saeed Ahmed Shaikh, praised Taskeen's matchless services in the broadcasting field, saying, "Radio Pakistan lost a great asset today. Taskeen Zafar earned nationwide recognition as a newscaster and will remain a source of inspiration and pride for us in the times ahead. She will be dearly missed."

Taskeen Zafar's legacy extends beyond her professional achievements. Her eloquence and dedication inspired many aspiring broadcasters and journalists. Her voice, a constant in many people's lives, brought news and stories with a unique warmth and reliability that will be fondly remembered.

As we bid farewell to a broadcasting legend, Taskeen Zafar's contributions to Pakistani media will continue to resonate. Her work, recognized by both peers and the public, ensures that her legacy will endure, inspiring future generations in the world of journalism and broadcasting.

 

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