Gilgit: A pioneering journalist from Gilgit-Baltistan, Saeed Hasan, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on Wednesday at age 58. Hasan was on his way to work when he suffered the fatal heart attack at about 2pm.
He was immediately shifted to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Saeed Hassan began his career as a journalist 23 years ago as a subeditor at the Urdu daily Markaz in Islamabad.
However, a year later he moved to Gilgit, where he spent the rest of his life. During the past eight years, Hasan remained associated with Aaj TVas a reporter and was the bureau chief for Urdu daily Baad-e-Shimal. “He was a teacher for all of his colleagues,” said senior journalist and neighbour, Imtiaz Taj, “We will always miss him.”
Hasan also had a long association with the journalist union and press club in Gilgit. He was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Amphary, Gilgit in the presence of hundreds of people. Saeed Hasan is survived by two sons and a widow.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2014