WASHINGTON - A large number of friends and admirers of Khalid Hasan, who passed away on Thursday, bid an emotional farewell to him at his funeral ceremony on Saturday. Many traveled long distances to pay a final, poignant tribute to one of Pakistan's finest journalist and author. Mourning his death, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said Khalid was an "accomplished man of letters. He was a gentleman journalist who made an impression on everyone he met." If he had to describe Khalid in one word, he would call him "civil." Besides several Washington and New York-based journalists, visiting PML (N) leader Javed Hashmi, leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party, former Finance Minister Shahid Javed Burki, scholars including Prof Khurram Khursheed, leading U.S. experts and former State Department advisers including Dr Stephen Cohen and Dr Marvin Weinbaum attended the funeral prayer held at Dar ul Huda, Springfield, Virginia. Meanwhile, several US-based literary organizations Kashmiri leaders including Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, leaders of Pakistani American Congress, PAL-C Advocacy Group on Capitol Hill and Pakistani American League and paid tributes to the memory of the journalist, who authored more than 40 books. The Pakistani embassy here will host a reference next week to honor the memory of the outstanding writer, who died of cancer at the age of 74 on Thursday. Close friends of Khalid Hasan and Ambassador Haqqani support the idea of housing the treasured collection of books in the journalist's study at one place " at the proposed Jinnah Center in Washington D.C- for the benefit of Pakistani-Americans. Khalid Hasan's body was taken to Vermont, the home state of his American wife, where he will be buried.