Khalid Hasan passes away
I just got the news from DawnNews that senior journalist, author and translator Khalid Hassan has passed away. He was working as the Washington correspondent of Daily Times and the Friday TImes. Undoubtedly, we have lost an exceptionally outstanding journalist. I have been reading Mr. Hasan’s thought-provoking and witty pieces in The Friday Times and Daily Times for the past many years.
Khalid, your readers will miss you very much. You were a star on the arena of the Pakistani or American-Pakistan journalist community. My your soul rest in peace. amin.
Daily Times had previously reported:
“Veteran journalist Khalid Hasan is dying of prostrate cancer in a Washington hospital, said family sources in the US. Mr Hasan – Daily Times’ Washington correspondence since 2002 – was suddenly taken ill three weeks ago and advised to take a battery of medical tests to determine the cause of illness. The diagnosis was cancer-prostrate at an advanced stage.
It was determined to carry out surgery to remove the cancer and doctors said that he would be able to recover and lead a restricted life of 3 to 4 years after the surgery. Three days ago, however, Mr Hasan caught pneumonia and his lungs collapsed, leading to other complications. Dr Khalid Abdullah, a friend in Washington, who has been looking after Mr Hasan, told Daily Times on the phone that Mr Hasan’s condition has deteriorated in the last 24 hours and there were very few chances of his survival.
He said Mr Hasan had been brave and honourable in a moment of pain and anguish and has requested that he be given a Muslim burial in a graveyard of Vermont where his wife’s family members are buried. Mr Hasan has a son and a daughter who are settled in the US. His wife is an American and has not been keeping good health. All are with him at the moment.
When last reports came in, the family was undecided whether to let him remain in the hospital or to take him to his house in Virginia. His friends told Daily Times that arrangements for a Muslim burial have been made and everybody is praying for him. Khalid Hasan has authored a number of books in Urdu and English. He is a man of letters and an outstanding journalist of the old school.”
According to a report of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Khalid Hasan, died of cancer at a Northern Virginia hospital Thursday night. He was 74. Khalid Hasan breathed his last at 10:15 p.m. (Washington Time). He had been undergoing several medical tests and procedures since Jan.19. His condition sharply deteriorated over the past three days.
A number of Pakistani-Americans, several Pakistani journalists working in the United States received the news of his demise with a heavy heart.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani expressed his deep sorrow over the demise of Khalid Hasan and said his death was a massive loss for Pakistan.
A number of US-based Pakistani journalists who had long association with Khalid Hasan including Akmal Aleemi, former VOA Producer, Iftikhar Ali, APP Correspondent in New York, Khwaja Salahuddin, VOA Producer and several other journalists expressed their condolences over the loss of their colleague.
Lately, Khalid Hasan worked for Daily Times and The Friday Times, Lahore, out of Washington. A brilliant writer, he contributed two columns per week to the publications in addition to daily spot coverage. He was at his best in political satire. His writings appeared in almost all leading Pakistani English newspapers.
After graduating from Murray College, Sialkot, he taught at Lawrence College, Murree, joined the Income Tax Service, worked for The Pakistan Times, served as the press secretary to Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and carried out diplomatic assignments in London, Paris and Ottawa.
He will be best remembered for his English translations of the short stories of Saadat Hasan Manto and lyrics of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. His death will be mourned by his innumerable friends and admirers, among them senior journalists and writers of Pakistan and India.
His correspondence with Qurat-Ul-Ain Hyder appeared in book form.
Khalid Hasan was born in Srinagar. His father, Dr. Noor Hussain, who hailed from Jammu worked for the Jammu & Kashmir ministry of Health. His older brothers Brig.Bashir Ahmad and Colonel Saeed Ahmad, both deceased, served the Pakistan Army with distinction. His younger brother, Masud Hasan, also a columnist, runs a business in Lahore.
His sister Surayya was married to K.H. Khurshid who served Quaid-i-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah as his private secretary, later became president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and finally died in a traffic accident.
In the late 1960s, Khalid Hasan travelled to Washington for the Congressional Fellowship sponsored by the American Political Science Association and married Juanita. The couple had a son, Jeffrey and a daughter, Jehan, both married and working in the United States. The family was with Hasan as he lay in hospital.
He will be buried in Vermont, the native state of his wife.