Senior journalist Saleem Asmi passed away in Karachi on Saturday.
According to his family, Asmi Sahab was suffering from some serious ailments for several days.
The veteran journalist throughout his long career, had been a staunch advocate for freedom of expression.
He was the ffand ex-president of the Karachi Press Club.
He also served as a news editor at the Dubai-based Khaleej Times and launched Dawn’s Islamabad edition.
Pakistani journalist community on his demise mourns the big loss for Pakistan.
Condolences poured in on social media as his as colleagues and friends responded to the death of the senior journalist.
سینئر صحافی سلیم عاصمی کے انتقال پر بہت دکھ اور افسوس ہے۔آج صحافت ایک درخشندہ ستارے سے محروم ہو گئی ہے۔ شعبہ صحافت اور صحافیوں کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لیے ان کی خدمات تادیر یاد رکھی جائیں گی۔اللہ تعالی ان کو جوار رحمت میں جگہ عطا فرمائے، لواحقین کو صبر دے۔آمین
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) October 31, 2020
Sorry & sad that Pakistani journalism lost one of its best and brightest.Carried exceptional courage around with him like a casual accessory, never talking about it, just using it when needed, which was often. Saleem Asmi was also one of the kindest persons I’ve known. #RIPAsmisb https://t.co/EpwczN1jSy
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) October 31, 2020
Saleem Asmi no more with us.When I interviewed OBL in Nov 2001 my paper was reluctant to publish I gave it to Dawn.Musharraf regime tried to stop it Dawn editor Saleem Asmi asked me switch off ur phone and disappear I will handle next day it was published. https://t.co/Y0jx7F97Oy
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 31, 2020
We are saddened by the passing of former editor Dawn, Saleem Asmi | Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/lj7w8VF0hI
— CEJ (@CEJatIBA) October 31, 2020
Veteran journalist&former Editor Dawn Saleem Asmi sb has passed away. He was a rock solid editor, beautiful painter,art critic, believed in liberal values, stood for human rights.
He has left behind a bunch of old friends& whole generation of journalists to remember him forever.
— Owais Tohid (@OwaisTohid) October 30, 2020
Just heard the sad news that senior journalist and former Editor Dawn, Saleem Asmi has passed away. He was a fantastic person. May Allah give his family strength to bear the loss.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) October 30, 2020
I last met @SaleemAsmi Sb at a dinner in honour of current Dawn editor @abbasz55 before covid. He was as warm as always. While we never worked directly together, he was head of Dawn’s newsroom while I was at the Herald. A wonderful human being. Rest in peace Asmi Sb! pic.twitter.com/TkKxzYy916
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) October 30, 2020
Saleem Asmi sb, former editor of Dawn and an institution in himself, has passed away. He was a guiding light for so many seeking to understand journalistic standards and practices. The qualities he possessed are so rare today. He will be sorely missed… pic.twitter.com/M2NZozSCHn
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) October 30, 2020
Was just informed by a friend from Karachi that Saleem Asmi sb has passed away. No words to express my feelings. A wonderful journalist and one of the finest editors, and more than that a great human being. Am proud to have worked under him.
— Nasir Jamal (@nasirjamall) October 30, 2020