ISLAMABAD - Veteran journalist and former Resident Editor of TheNation, Islamabad, Mahmood Hamdani breathed his last at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) early Saturday.

He was hospitalised on Wednesday following acute complaints related to kidneys. His funeral was held at his ancestral village Bahtar, in Talagang Tehsil of Chakwal district.

Mahmood Hamdani came from a respected and educated family of Talagang’s Bahtar village. He was known for his honest, daring and outspoken reporting in journalistic circles. He has served in leading English dailies including The Nation and due to his strong stance against General Zia’s dictatorial regime, he was sacked from a number of newspapers, which affected him financially. Hamdani remained the Resident Editor at The Nation and practiced values of honesty, objectivity and professionalism. He was known among his friends as through gentlemen and a great human being. His services in journalism would be remembered for a very long time.

Meanwhile, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of TheNation, Majid Nizami, Editor Salim Bokhari, Managing Editor Rameeza Majid Nizami, Editor Reporting Ashraf Mumtaz, General Manager (Group) Muhammad Mushtaq Gurmani and staff have expressed their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise of Hamdani. They sympathised with his family and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in peace and give fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

President Asif Ali Zardari has also expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of veteran journalist Mahmood Hamdani.

The President in his condolence message said that Hamadani would be remembered for long for his services to journalism and for his personal qualities as a fine human being. The President prayed to Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.