LAHORE - Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Thursday held a condolence reference for former senator and famous journalist Syed Fasih Iqbal at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.

On the occasion, the council announced initiating Syed Fasih Iqbal Award and also demanded the government name an Islamabad road after Syed Fasih Iqbal.

The sitting was presided over by The Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami while newspaper editors and owners including CPNE president Mujeebur Rehman Shami, former Balochistan caretaker CM Nawab Ghaus Bakhash Barozai, Arif Nizami, Jameel Athar, Mian Aamir Mehmood, Zia Shahid, Dr Jabbar Khatak, Ayaz Khan, Mehtab Khan Abbasi and Khushnoon Ali Khan attended the sitting.

While sharing memories with Syed Fasih Iqbal, Dr Majid Nizami said that he was fast friend of him. He told, “The residence and office of Syed Fasih was near to Nawa-e-Waqat Islamabad Office, so whenever I visited Islamabad, he came to me or I went to him. The people like him born in centuries.” He further said Syed Fasih was Balochi more than the Baloch people who always advocated the issue of Balochistan. He said he was also member of board of directors of Nazaria-e-Pakistan Trust also.

On the occasion, former caretaker Balochistan chief Minister Nawab Ghaus Bakhash Barozai said that he was great Pakistani. He said he was great historian also. Sharing his memories about Syed Fasih, he said his four generations had been in interaction with the veteran journalist. He said his death created a vacuum. He asked the editors and media owners that they should try to fill the vacuum created by his death.

On the occasion, CPNE president Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said that he was man of multiple qualities. Wherever he went, he won the hearts of the people, he said and added that he was voice of Balochistan in Pakistan and in the world he was voice of Pakistan. He said he could be said as father of journalism of Balochistan. He said, “I never met any person who has any problem with Syed Fasih Iqbal. He became president of CPNE and APNS many times.

Arif Nizami said that he was a man of smiling face. Although, he was not Baloch, but he enjoyed the respect in Balochistan more than Baloch people, he said.

On the occasion, Jameel Athar while paying tribute to the departed soul said that he was pride of journalism and Pakistan. Specially, he said, regional journalism lost a great mentor with his death. He remained associated with journalism, politics as well as human rights. He was of the view that a book should be compiled on his services to the field of journalism and politics. He did great efforts for uplift of regional newspapers. He initiated first ever English daily from Balochistan—daily Balochistan Times.

Other speakers also lauded the services of Syed Fasih Iqbal rendered in the field of journalism and for Balochistan. They said that his death was real loss of Balochistan as he was played role of bridge between federation and Balochistan.