NEWS DESK: Our beloved chef and home remedy expert Zubaida Tariq, commonly referred to as Zubaida Apa, passed away last night at the age of 72. Naturally, shock and grief took over the nation.
Zubaida Apa made her TV debut in 1996 when she was in her 50s, with her first programme, Dalda Ka Dastarkhwan, soon becoming a widely popular evening engagement.
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Aapa had nine siblings, including playwright Anwar Maqsood, author and poet Zehra Nigah, designer Sughra Kazmi, and the late Fatima Surraiya Bajiya, a drama writer.
A number of people, including celebrities, politicians and fans, took to Twitter to express how they felt over the news of the sad demise. Take a look at some of the most touching reactions:
Known her since I was a little girl.. she was all heart, always. Rest In Peace Zubaida Khala.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) January 4, 2018
Deeply grieved to hear the sad demise of #ZubaidaApa.
Offer my condolence to the bereaved family.
May her soul rest in peace.
It's a big loss.
— Dr Farooq Sattar (@DFSMQM) January 4, 2018
She died, poori duniya ki AAPA, who saved millions of people life through her #totkas and guidance, had a biryani from her hand once at her home, unforgettable memories in my mind forever #ZubaidaApa ALLAH Jannat ata farmaye. AAMEEN
— iftikhar alam (@iftalam) January 5, 2018
She has always been a star from my childhood. This is so shocking and heart-breaking. Been watching her since ages. May her soul rest in peace. inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un. 💔 #ZubaidaApa
— Ham'zii 😍💕 (@Hamzaahehehe_) January 5, 2018
NEVER AGAIN, NEVER BEFORE!
With death of Zubeda Aapa, an era of harmony and traditional tips came to the end.
She was a household name.
May her soul rest in peace.#ZubaidaApa pic.twitter.com/8VRf3oebcU
— Zeeshan Junejo (@ZeJunejo) January 5, 2018
Saddened to learn about Zubaida Apa's death. My deepest condolences to her brother Anwar Maqsood and her family. May Allah bless the departed soul
— Babar Awan (@BabarAwanPK) January 4, 2018
#ZubaidaAapa died, Forever young always meticulously dressed at her age loved her chorienan and her banarsi sarees she lived such a “bharpor life ,all dolled up till her last days May her soul Rest In Peace “Zubaida Appa k Kamal Totkay.” pic.twitter.com/ew2qq1F2EC
— Maiza Hameed (@MaizaHameed) January 4, 2018
Extremely sad to hear about the passing away of Zubaida Appa....prayers for the departed soul...a household motherly figure who will be missed a lot. #ZubaidaAapa
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) January 4, 2018
Deeply grieved over the sad demise of Zubaida Apa, may Allah grant eternal peace to the departed soul, Ameen. #Karachi
— Wasim Akhtar (@wasimakhtar1955) January 4, 2018
— Dino Ali (@iDinoAli) January 4, 2018
I feel deeply saddened by the death of a legend #ZubaidaApa. I express my condolences to her family. I pray that Allah (SWT) grant her Jannat ul-Firdous.
— Khurrum Sher Zaman (@KhurrumZamanPTI) January 5, 2018
Deeply saddened by the news of passing away of renowned chef & a great human being Zubaida Apa. She was a household name, thanks to her amazing expertise in cooking. May Allah Almighty bless her soul in peace and grant patience to her family!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) January 4, 2018
— Zeeshan Awan (@Its_Zeeshan007) January 5, 2018