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BBC Urdu Broadcaster Asif Jilani passes away

April 4, 2023 11:11 PM


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A veteran Pakistani journalist and Broadcaster of BBC Urdu Asif Jilani passed away. 
Asaf Jilani was born in 1934 in Aligarh. He was the son of Sheikh Abdul Wahid Sindhi, a teacher at Jamia Millia Dheli.
He attended Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi when Dr Zakir Hussain was Shaikh ul Jamia.
In 1948, he moved to Pakistan and studied at the Sindh Madrassa in Karachi, followed by the Sindh Muslim College.
He received his MA in Economics from Karachi University and began working as a sub-editor for Daily Imroze in 1952. He covered the momentous 1953 student movement and the adoption of Pakistan's first constitution in 1956 and the imposition of martial law for the first time in 1958 as a reporter.
In 1959, he was assigned as the Daily Jang's correspondent in Delhi, India, becoming Pakistan's first overseas correspondent. He covered the 1962 war between India and China and was imprisoned by Indian authorities when the war between India and Pakistan began in 1965. He spent four weeks in solitary detention before being transferred to Tihar Jail in Delhi. Later, he was exchanged for an Indian journalist held in Pakistan.
Jang selected him as the correspondent for their London-based newspaper company, and he became the editor of Jang London in 1973.
At the same time, Jilani worked as a current affairs producer and correspondent for the BBC Urdu Service.
For the BBC Urdu Service, he covered the Paris Peace Accords in 1973, the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the first election in a reunified Germany.
In 1983, he left Jang London to work as a senior producer for the BBC Urdu Service.
He was awarded Iqbal Medal on Iqbal Centenary.
Asif Jilani also authored three books - Wast Asia, New Independence, and New Challenges; Gaon Gaon Badalti Dunya; and Saghar Sishe Lalo Gohar (a collection of articles and columns).
Mohsina Jilani, his widow, is a well-known Urdu poet. She worked at the BBC World Service's Audience Research and the BBC Urdu Service's Women Program's Barge Gul.
His daughter Mariam Jilani worked as an Arabic TV MBC producer and is now a teacher, while his son Obaid Jilani worked as a sub-editor for the London-based Daily Awaz, The Financial Times, and The London Evening Standard.
Jonaid, Jilani's other son, worked as a press officer for Muslim Aid, Oxford, and World Animal Protection in London.



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