Famous Poet/ Writer Athar Shah Khan ‘Jaidi’ passes away in Karachi

Famous Poet: Writer Athar Shah Khan 'Jaidi' passes away in Karachi

Famous Pakistani veteran actor, comedian, poet and writer Athar Shah Khan passed away in Karachi on Sunday at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness.

He had been unwell for a while now and his death occurred after suffering from a severe stroke, reported Express News. A household name in the 1980s, he was most famously known for playing comedic roles, poetry and writing.

Athar Shah Khan had the most memorable role as ‘Jaidi’ in ‘Hey Jaidi’ and his play ‘Intizar Farmaiyay’ on PTV. He also starred in Lakhon mein teen, Ba adab ba mulahiza hoshiyar among others. “I created the character ‘Jaidi’ more than three decades ago and people still call me Jaidi. I enjoy it,” Shah said in a recent interview.

He won the Pride of Performance award in 2001. It is the highest award given to artists by the Pakistan government. He wrote more than 700 plays for television, stage and radio. The late actor moved from Lahore to Karachi in 1957 and had a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Punjab University.

Many celebrities and well-known personalities of the country took to twitter to pay tribute

He is survived by his wife and four sons. His funeral prayers was held in Karachi today at 4pm in Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s Masjid Aqsa. He was laid rest in Sakhi Hassan graveyard.