Senior journalist Arif Nizami passed away at a private hospital in Lahore Wednesday afternoon. He was hospitalised after a heart attack two weeks back. The details of his funeral prayers will soon be revealed.
Nizami was the editor of The Nation and the president of the Pakistan Council of Newspaper Editors. In 2013, the veteran journalist served as the caretaker minister for information and postal service during former caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso’s cabinet.
He was the son of Hameed Nizami, the founder of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group of newspapers.
Nizami was also a part of Team Samaa for three years. Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed condolences and prayers to the deceased’s family. “Saddened to learn of the passing of veteran journalist, editor, and political commentator Arif Nizami. My condolences and prayers go to his family.”
Arif Nizami had served as a caretaker federal minister in former caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso’s cabinet back in 2013. He was the son of Hameed Nizami, the founder of Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Newspapers. He was also elected as president of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE.)
Arif Nizami was almost 70 years old. He relinquished his duties as Editor of daily The Nation following his differences with his uncle, late Majid Nizami who was the managing editor and chief executive of the family-operated Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Newspapers. Arif Nizami was a partner and director of the Nawa-i-Waqt media group.
He parted ways with his uncle late Majid Nizami and founded his own newspaper with the name of Pakistan Today in 2010.
In 2015, Arif Nizami joined 24News TV channel. He used to host a political talk show “Debate News Analysis”. He also conducted political talk shows on other news channels including Samaa and 92 News.