Legendry, icon Sabiha Khanum passes away

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NEW YORK: Veteran Pakistani actor Sabiha Raza Khanum passed away on the night of Saturday (June 13,) in the United States at the age of 84, according to an announcement made by her granddaughter on social media.

In a heartfelt post on Facebook, Sarish Khan wrote “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the demise of our beautiful and beloved Sabiha Raza (Sabiha Khanum) who passed away earlier today, June 13, 2020.”

Sabiha Khanum

“She returned to Allah (SWT) very peacefully and was surrounded by her loving immediate family in her last moments. We know that she was loved by so many people and we have been receiving countless messages and calls.”

She concluded by requesting everyone to remain patient so they could grieve the loss of their loved one. “We ask that you be patient with us as we grieve her loss and respond to you all. We humbly request no in person visits to our home due to our safety and yours.”

Khanum, who ruled the silver screen in 1950s and 1960s, was suffering from renal disease, according to her family sources. Khanum was born on October 16, 1935, in Punjab’s Gujrat city. She continued to work in films and later in TV plays until the early 1990s.

She gave memorable performance in various movies, including ‘Dewar Bhabi’, ‘Kaneez’, ‘Mukhra’, ‘Gumnam’, ‘Sarfarosh’ and many others. Her husband Santosh Kumar, also a silver screen actor, died in 1982. Most of Sabiha’s movies were with her husband playing the lead role opposite her.

Sabiha Khanum was known as the First Lady of Pakistan’s silver screen, with some of her best films being Ayaz (1960), Saath Laakh (1957), Kaneez (1965), Anjuman (1970), Tehzeeb (1971).

She was also conferred with the Pride of Performance in 1986 for her contribution to Pakistan’s film industry.

Her family members say; “We know that she was loved by so many people and we have been receiving countless messages and calls. We ask that you be patient with us as we grieve her loss and respond to you all. We humbly request no in person visits to our home due to our safety and yours.”

Sabiha Khanum was known as the First Lady of Pakistan’s silver screen, earning a Pride of Performance in 1986 for her work. Some of her best films included Ayaz (1960), Saath Laakh (1957), Kaneez (1965), Anjuman (1970), Tehzeeb (1971).