LAHORE Departed legends and kings of comedy Moin Akhtar, Khayam Sarhadi, Babbu Baral, Mastana and Liaqat Soldier were institutions, who captivated the distressed people across the world through their everlasting work which has been acknowledged by Indian artists as well. These views were expressed by veteran actors and producers including Qavi Khan, Sohail Ahmed, Irfan Khosat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Masood Akhtar and Munir Raaj during a condolence reference organised by the Lahore Arts Council on Tuesday. They were the real asset of Pakistan and role models for young generation. They always distributed the moments of happiness among the masses and never compromised on their self respect, it was further said. Speaking on the occasion, Qavi Khan urged the LAC and the government to set up a fund for the welfare of the ailing as well as the poor actors and comedians so that they might live with honour and dignity rather to beg in the time of need. Qavi added the departed legends had created a vast space in the field of comedy, which might never be fulfilled. Sharing the everlasting memories and rare moments of the late actors, Sohail Ahmed said the government and the actors had shown criminal negligence towards the late actors. Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, he deplored, announced free medical treatment of Babbu Baral but at a stage from where hardly one patient among a million returns alive. Mastana was a self-styled, Liaqat Soldier an established philanthropist, Babbu Baral was a versatile and hardworking while Moin Akhtar was an academy in his personality, he added. Sohail, however, urged the government to frame laws regarding copyrights of stage dramas and plays to support actors/comedians financially. Owing to the existence of copyright laws in India, Mr AR Rehman received Rs 75 million in reward of his short music tone, which was used by a mobile company, he said, adding that had the copyrights existed in Pakistan, famous stage drama Shartia Mithay by Babbu was sufficient for his medical treatment. Irfan Khosat, however, stressed the actors of TV, film and stage to unite and chalk out a comprehensive strategy for the betterment of poor comedians. You have to empower yourself otherwise the people sitting in power corridors would kill you, he said. On the occasion, Iftikhar Ahmed said that the tsunami of death had washed away these legends and master actors of their era. They portrayed real picture of the society in their dramas, dialogues and even their gestures were meaningful, he remarked. Another master actor of TV and stage dramas Masood Akhtar said, I have no hope from the rich that they would initiate any revolutionary step for the betterment of ailing comedians, he said. Munir Raaj said the aforesaid actors/comedians popularised the soft image of Pakistan across the world through their talent. He, however, urged the producers to restart their former policy of fund generating for the poor actors by depositing income of their every 16th show. At the end, LAC Board of Governors Chairman Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi also paid rich tribute to the departed legends and prayed May Allah Almighty grant them eternal peace.