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Former Director General of Radio Pakistan and Managing director of PTV, Agha Nasir, breathed his last on Tuesday morning in Islamabad at 79 years of age. Nasir started his broadcasting career from Radio Pakistan in 1955 and gained popularity as a producer, playwright and a writer with the passage of time. He eventually joined television and attained immense success in the medium.
After graduating from Karachi University, Nasir went on to join Radio Pakistan where he attained ten years of broadcasting experience before switching to television. Nasir was often referred as the “Encyclopedia” of the broadcast medium because he worked in radio for such a long time so consequently his knowledge regarding broadcasting was immense.
Writing was something he always loved, he was writing plays for Radio Pakistan even before he officially joined the radio station. Nasir initially joined PTV as a Programme producer, but he left the state channel as the Managing Director.
Apart from producing drama serials such as Girah and Pani Peh Naam, he directed a play titled, Taleem e Balighan, which is considered to be one of the best plays by PTV till date.
He was also a part of the team that launched PTV and in recognition of his services to the broadcasting industry he was bestowed with the Pride of Performance award in 1994 and he also received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2012.
Many prominent personalities attended his funeral prayers such as Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid – who termed his death as a loss of a creative mind – , Chairman PTV Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, and Managing Director PTV Syed Imran Gardezi.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also expressed his sorrow over Nasir’s death and in his condolence message stated that Pakistan has indeed lost a great asset and his contribution to arts, culture, and establishing Pakistan’s television industry would be remembered forever.
Agha Nasir was also a author of the book titled “This is PTV, another day, another world” in which he traced the history of the channel.
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