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Senior Journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai Passes Away

Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai passed away in Peshawar on Thursday.

As being reported veteran journalist and columnist had been suffering from cancer for the past few months.

His funeral prayers will be offered in his native village Inzargai, near Babuzai Interchange, Katlang, Mardan at 11 am tomorrow.

The 66-year old was considered an authority on Afghan affairs due to his vast experience.

Rahimullah Yusufzai has been regarded as Pakistan’s most respected editor and fearless war correspondent.

He reported all sides in the Afghan conflict and interviewed the most elusive leaders.

He is best known for interviewing Osama bin Laden, and late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

He is one of the few journalists who went to Kandahar in 1995 to report on Taliban activities.

The senior journalist was the former editor of the Jang Group’s The News International at the Peshawar Bureau and used to be an op-ed writer for the monthly Newsline.

He also served as Time’s Pakistan correspondent.

Rahimullah had also been associated with BBC’s Pashto and Urdu services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a correspondent.

In recognition of his journalistic services, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the Medal of Distinction in 2004 and the Star of Distinction in 2009.

PM Imran Khan, President Dr. Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan have expressed deep sorrow and grief over his demise.


Following the news of his demise, many journalists, politicians and others have extended condolences.






Saman Siddiqui

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