KARACHI: Veteran Pakistani journalist and former chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication, Karachi University, Shahida Qazi died on Saturday at the age of 79, bringing an end to a stunning journalism era.
Qazi was ill and was undergoing treatment at Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital in Karachi.
Being the country’s first woman correspondent, Kazi was a big name in the news industry. His funeral prayers will be held at Zuhr after which the late journalist will be buried at the KU cemetery.
The veteran journalist and teacher was born in a progressive family in 1944 and completed her studies in mass communication as the first and only woman student from the newly established Department of Journalism at KU.
Qazi took his first job as a reporter in one of the leading newspapers of Pakistan, dawnIn 1966, began a decade-long successful career in print and TV journalism.
After reporting for the newspaper for two years, she joined the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV)Where she rose to the position of first female news editor during her service for the next two decades.
In her own words, she thoroughly enjoyed every phase of her career, be it working as a journalist for media organizations or being a part of the faculty of a university.
After his retirement as professor, he continued to teach at various universities, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU), Karachi. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on his profession.