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KARACHI: Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi organized a condolence reference to pay a rich tribute to the esteemed human rights activist and a veteran journalist I.A.Rehman in Karachi yesterday.
President Arts Council, Muhammad Ahmad Shah in his opening remarks praised I.A.Rehman for his massive contribution to the field of journalism.
“It was bad news for us that I. A Rehman is no longer with us, he was a human rights activist who bravely fought for justice without any discrimination”, said Shah.
“I.A.Rehman’s departure to the eternal world is a personal loss to the Arts Council Karachi and we organized this event to pay tribute to him” president said further.
The speakers on the occasion were Anis Haroon, Mazhar Abbas, Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan, Haris Khaliq, Maneza Jahangir from Lahore, and Javed Naqvi from Delhi.
While remembering I.A.Rehman, Anis Haroon said that it is very difficult to describe his personality, he was a vast ocean he used to speak with references and was highly optimistic.
Senior Analyst & journalist Mazhar Abbas said that in the early struggle of my career, I got connected to IA Rehman and I found him as a complete writer, humanist, and journalist.
Haris Khaliq said that IA Rehman’s personality was multi-faceted, he wrote many book prefaces, worked hard for literature, journalism, and the labor movement.
Munizae Jahangir said “He was an intellectual for the world, but he was a lively family man who had the spark in his eyes.”
From Delhi, Literary person Javed Naqvi was virtually connected and said in his speech that “I. A Rehman always tried to improve the relations between Pakistan and India and he spread the message of peace and love, the way he used to speak the truth in simple and fine words was his identity, we lost a gentleman.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan said that Rehman’s father had great terms with Anees Hashmi, the issue of progress actually began there. Rehman went to Aligarh, he appeared for CSS exams and got cleared. Later, he got involved in journalism.