Pakistani radio icon Yawar Mehdi has died

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ISLAMABAD — Yawar Mehdi, a longtime radio icon, has died after a long illness, local media reported on Wednesday.

Mehdi’s funeral prayers will be offered after Zuhr prayers at Imambargah-e-Kazmain, Sadaat Colony, Shah Faisal in Karachi, the capital of Sindh today.

He joined Radio Pakistan in 1962 as a producer and broadcaster as his career spanned over 40 years. Mehdi has long served for the national public broadcaster as a program producer Bazm-e-Talaba. He was famous in academic and literary circles for being instrumental in the development of the Karachi Arts Council.

He trained and inspired young poets and writers by introducing them to a variety of artists, poets and writers. Senators Khushbakht Shujaat, Raza Rabbani and the late poet Parveen Shakir and Asad Ashraf Malik were among his noted students.

The famous radio personality also served as the station manager and played a key role in the development of the Pakistan Arts Council in Karachi.

Adabi Mahakma, World Cricket Quiz, Custom Kay Qavaneen, Daramdaat Baramdaat, Abr Kia Cheez Hai Hawa Kia Hai, Aap Pe Guftgu Karain, Shab Ko Hai Ganjeenayay Gohar Khola, Behtareen Kitab, Autograph Book, Meri Dairy and Meri Tehqeeq are some of its notable programs.

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