LAHORE - Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz passed away last night at Shaikh Zayed Hospital after protracted illness. He was 56.

He was suffering from diabetes. He left behind two sons and two daughters besides a widow.

The funeral prayer of the former director ICS will be held after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Punjab University Lahore. He will be buried at PU graveyard.

Dr Naz served as director ICS for almost four years. A large number of teachers and his students reached his residence at PU after hearing sad news of his demise.

Dr Naz was PhD Mass Communication (Pb) and MA Pol Science and was an Associate Professor. He did his post Doctorate Research on “The Role of Global Elite Media in Interfaith Dialogue”, Ernst University, Greifswald, Germany in 2007.

Before joining Punjab University Dr Naz also served as journalist and wrote on political, social issues and on subjects of general interests. He also served as PRO at UET and then PU. He also wrote many books and articles like Sahafti Zimmadaryan, Sahafti Qawaneen, Progrossive Journalism in Pakistan etc.

His books on “Interfaith Dialogue and Media” KALMAT, a collection of published columns, Hitler kay Dais Mein, a travelogue to Germany was under publishing process. He was remained Editor of student magazine ‘Image’.

People from all walks of life including PU staff, teachers from other universities and educational institutions condoled the sad demise.

The lawyer pleaded the court to delete the name of Mr Gorchani from the petition.

He further pointed out that the privilege-committee of the Punjab Assembly had taken up the matter in light of a privileged motion by an opposition member. The committee, in its final conclusion, observed that the deputy speaker had not occupied a single marla of government land or forest land, the counsel told the court.

On satisfaction of the opposition, the matter was disposed of by the committee, he added.

Advocate Khan said the petitioner (Dareshak) being well aware of the fact that proceedings were pending before the appropriate forum “Committee of Privileges” invoked the jurisdiction of the high court with mala fide intention, which was not warranted under Article 199 of Constitution.

Advocate Saad Rasool, the counsel of petitioner Sardar Ali Raza Dareshak, opposed his arguments saying that it had been proven that Mr Gorchani was involved in grabbing state land in connivance of revenue department’s officials. The counsel prayed to the court to get the forest land recovered from the illegal possession of the deputy speaker.

The officials of Punjab Revenue Department had already informed the court that the department had retrieved 6,900 acre land of forest department from illegal possession of Mr Gorchani.