Legendary TV show host Tariq Aziz passed away on Wednesday at the age of 84 in Lahore.
He was best known for the quiz show Neelam Ghar on PTV which was later renamed The Tariq Aziz Show (1997) and later Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz (2006).
He also stared in several Urdu and Punjabi films, including a supporting role Insaniyat with Zeba and Waheed Murad. Aziz was diabetic and according to his wife, taken to the hospital in the morning after he complained about feeling ill. His funeral prayers were held in Lahore’s Garden Town.
As news of his death spread, celebrity tributes started pouring in. Many spoke about the impact Aziz had on them and how much they enjoyed his show.
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RIP Legend. Trendsetter. National treasure.The other day I heard a star saying in an interview that we don’t have any legends, hum hee hein bus. Don’t be ignorant. There are people like Tariq Aziz sb who have taught us everything we know, just by inspiring us. May Allah give you a place in Jannat ul firdous.
— Bilal Ashraf (@IamBilalAshraf) June 17, 2020
Tariq Aziz defined our childhood ..💔 https://t.co/JkGthR75SA
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 17, 2020
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) June 17, 2020
His was the face that launched PTV, whose Neelam Ghar I grew up on.
What a tremendous loss… truly the end of an era.
Here’s to the icon, Tariq Aziz. pic.twitter.com/oQPbTa5qin
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 17, 2020
Legend is, what legend does. He served us all. For so so long. Pakistan is indebted to you Tariq Aziz Sir. Truly, the end of an era.
May Allah bless you. My condolences to his family and all of Pakistan. 🙏🏼♥️🇵🇰#TariqAziz pic.twitter.com/kRflbgrfVu
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 17, 2020