Veteran journalist and Afghan affairs expert Rahimullah Yusufzai passed away on Thursday in Peshawar, his family told Geo News.According to the family, Yusufzai’s funeral prayers will be held tomorrow morning, at 11.The veteran journalist had been ill for some time.His son, Arshad Yusufzai, said that he had fought a long battle against cancer.
His funeral will be held in his native village Inzargai, near Babuzai Interchange, Swat Expressway, Katlang Tehsil, in Mardan DistrictHe was born on September 10, 1954.Yusufzai shot to fame with his interview of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. He is also among the few within the journalist fraternity to have reported on the Taliban. He went to Kandahar in 1995 on an assignment in this regard.
He was Resident Editor,In addition, he served as a correspondent .He was considered an expert on Afghan affairs and North West Pakistan.The accomplished journalist was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2004 in recognition of his services in the field of journalism.
Thereafter, in 2009, he was also awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.Soon after news of his demise broke, condolences began to pour in.President Arif Alvi expressed sorrow over the journalist’s passing, acknowledging his efforts in the fields of journalism and research.”He had great insight into current affairs, especially Afghan issues,” the president said.”With his demise, a great chapter in journalism has closed,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he is saddened to learn of Yusufzai’s passing.”He was one of Pakistan’s most respected journalists. He was an opinion maker because his columns were well researched,” the premier said.”My condolences and prayers go to the family.
He added.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said he was deeply saddened on the demise of the renowned journalist.Sympathies with the bereaved family and prayers for the eternal peace of the departed soul valuable services will always be remembered he said.Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also extended his condolences of the journalist’s demise.He paid tribute to his political insight into Afghanistan-related affairs.Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry expressed sadness over Yusufzai’s passing.
His death is the end of an era in journalism Chaudhry said recalling how the journalist had a tight grip on issues pertaining to Afghanistan and Pakistan’s northern areas.Chaudhry prayed for Yusufzai’s ranks to be elevated in heaven and for his family to find the patience to bear this loss.
Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar, expressed sorrow over the journalist’s death and extended his heartfelt sympathies to his family chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman expressed regret over Yousufzai’s death and extended his heartfelt condolences to the family.
Rahimullah Yusufzai’s services to democracy and journalism are worthy of praise.Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali, extending his condolences over the journalist’s death, prayed for his family’s forbearance.””Either you should play your role as an Opposition party or accept that you’re government’s facilitators,” Bilawal tells PML-N.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Thursday can no longer work and asked the Shabaz Sharif-led party to aid the PPP in its bid to oust the government.Bilawal, addressing a workers’ convention in Rahim Yar Khan, said Your duplicitous policy will no longer work, either you should play your role as an Opposition party or accept that you are the government’s facilitators.
Bilawal said his party would force PML-N to play its role as an Opposition party and oust Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar.”You cannot back out from using your voteafter seeking respect for.The PPP chairman said the Opposition should unite and struggle against the government, as he predicted that Buzdar was a mere and he would be sent packing soon.
The people will never forgive you if you back out now you will have to do something now, otherwise your hypocrisy will be exposed before the people of Punjab, Bilawal said.Bilawal urged PML-N to join forces with PPP to oust Buzdar and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
When the puppet’s puppet falls, so will the prime minister implying that the chief minister is the premier’s .The PPP chairman said only together can the Opposition save Punjab, as he told PML-N that Buzdar could only continue his reign as the chief minister if the Shahbaz Sharif-led party had its own interests behind his rule.
You have to do one of two things either resign or use your vote.”Bilawal warned that the PPP would take revenge from the prime minister sooner or later and mentioned that when the time comes, PM Imran Khan “would be standing alone with no one by his side.
The PPP chairman said his party would form a government in the Centre and the provinces, as Pakistan was aspiring for a people’s government.The incumbent government has not fulfilled any promises all of Imran Khan’s promises turned out to be false.”