Veteran journalist, intellectual
Wajid Shamsul Hasan
passes away in London

Wajid Shamsul Hasan

LONDON: The veteran journalist, columnist and intellectual Wajid Shamsul Hasan passed away today (Tuesday). He was not well for the last two years and was under treatment in Royal Infirmary Hospital, London for the last six weeks.

He was 80 years old and in January next year, his 81st birthday was to be celebrated but he did not survive and left today his all dear-one and friends. His only son Zulfiqar Wajid Hasan told ‘The Nation’ that his Namaz-e-Janaza (funeral prayer) will be held after Friday prayer at Islamic Cultural Centre (Regent Mosque) on Friday (Ist October) at 12.30pm. He will be laid to rest at Trent Park Cemetery in Cockfoster.

Wajid Shamsul Hasan who was well known in his circle as ‘Wajid Bhai’ had been associated with the profession of journalism for over 40 years. He was a regular columnist of ‘The Nation’, London and his columns were hidden truth and eye-opener. He was the former Editor of Daily News and Weekly Mag in Karachi.

He was also a close aide of former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and later advisor to Prime Minister Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto and had served as Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK during the PPP’s tenure in 2008.

Veteran intellectual Wajid Shamsul Hasan is seated in his office as high commissioner

Taking to her official handle, Senator Sherry Rehman posted a condolence message for the veteran politician, acknowledging him for his “lifetime of devotion to democracy, human rights and free press.

“Shocked, saddened to hear that PPP stalwart Wajid Shamsul Hasan passed away. He spent a lifetime of devotion to democracy, human rights, free press and the PPP. What a loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and the broader civil society community he was deeply involved with”, she said.