Journalists of the twin cities and representatives of various print and electronic media associations have expressed their heart-felt grief and shock over the demise of veteran journalist Anwar Khalil who worked for decades in prestigious newspapers of the country. Anwar Khalil died on Monday in Chicago (US). He was 79. He is survived by his widow Mrs Anwar Khalil, four daughters and three sons.
Terming his death a great loss various representatives of the journalists community said Anwar Khalil was a legend who always took his profession as a sacred mission and never feared writing and saying what he considered true and fair. Perhaps Khalil’s most memorable period in his journalistic career was his job as Executive Editor of The Muslim, once the only English newspaper appearing from Islamabad.
Under him, worked many senior journalists and reporters, who are considered today the leading media persons and anchors of the country. Anwar Khalil also worked as Editor of Hurriyyat and gave a new trend to Urdu journalism. Mr Khalil was also father-in-law of Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam. He was a poet too and there is a book of poems to his credit also. His family has decided to perform his burial in Chicago while his Ghaibana Namaz-e-Janaza (Funeral prayer in absentia) will be held today after Asr prayer at 5.30 pm.