Veteran actor Rashid Naz, who worked in a number of Pakistani films and television serials throughout his career, passed away at the age of 73 in Islamabad on Monday morning.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his family. His daughter Madiha Rizvi posted the news on her Instagram account. Sharing a picture of Naz, she penned, “Our dearest Baba Rashid Naz Has left this world peacefully this morning. Please recite Surah Fateha for the departed soul”.
The actor had been suffering from some health issues for a long time.
Naz’s son Hasan Noman said the veteran actor had been suffering from several health issues for a long time and had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Islamabad where he passed away on Monday morning. The actor’s body was brought to Peshawar for his funeral, which will be held today (Monday).
Naz was born in 1948 in Peshawar and began his career by acting in a Pashto drama in 1971. He rose to fame in 1973 through his stellar performance in the drama Aik Tha Gaoun. His first popular play was Namoos. He also worked in Pakistan’s first private television play Dasht, telecast on N T M. The celebrated star has worked in several Pashto, Hindko and Urdu language plays.
He made his big-screen debut with Syed Noor’s Dakait. The actor was lauded for his roles in Shoaib Mansoor’s films Khuda Ke Liye and Verna. The dramas he has acted in include Khuda Zameen Se Gaya Nahin, Inkaar, Ghulam Gardish, Doosra Asmaan and many more.
Condolences pour in for the actor
There has been an outpouring of grief online over the actor’s demise. Celebrities Hira Mani, Mawra Hocane, and Omair Rana also expressed their grief over the news.
“Such a wonderful happy soul,” Hocane commented. “May Allah bless him to be amongst his closest ones.”
Rana addressed Naz’s family and wished them “ease from pain” in this difficult time.
Netizens offered prayers for the departed actor and condolences to his family.
Another veteran actor and senior artist Suhail Asghar also passed away in November last year, after a prolonged bout with illness. Veteran actor Durdana Butt also passed away recently after battling cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the veteran actor’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.
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