Veteran writer, comedian, actor and poet Athar Shah Khan passed away on Sunday.
According to reports, the artist — who had been dealing with a prolonged illness — suffered a stroke.
Known as Jaidi, he had remained a prominent figure in the industry since he began his career in Radio Pakistan. He has written over 700 plays, including his iconic hit, Jedi Ke Sang. His performance in Intezar Farmaiye is another which many cannot forget.
He provided many other famous dramas throughout his prolonged career including Lakhon mein teen, Ba adab ba mulahiza hoshiyar, haye jaidi among others.
Reacting to the news, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz expressed deep grief and sorrow over Khan’s demise.
In a tweet, he said that the characters played by Athar Shah Khan would be remembered for a long time.
جناب اطہر شاہ خان جیدی کے انتقال پر بہت دکھ اور افسوس ہے۔ باکمال فنکار نے اپنے فن سے لوگوں میں قہقہےاور خوشیاں بکھیریں۔انہوں نےمزاح کونئی جدت دی۔ان کے شاندار کردار مداحوں کےذہن میں ہمیشہ نقش رہیں گے۔اللہ تعالی ان کو جوار رحمت میں جگہ عطا فرمائے۔
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) May 10, 2020