One would say that the worst thing that this year faced was Donald Trump, but guess what? Pakistan had its own share of loss that left it mourning. Several deaths that occurred this year have left people in an awe.
In Hollywood, Leonard Cohen, Peter Vaughan, Ron Glass, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Alan Rickman and David Bowie were just a few names that left us this year. However, Pakistan itself has had its share of high-profile deaths and some have indeed been highly unexpected.
With a heavy heart we wanted to look back to this year and think about the icons who left us in a heartbreak.
1. Junaid Jamshed
The pop singer turned religious scholar passed in a plane crash of PIA PK-661 on 7th December. The sudden death caused the masses to mourn and popular singers like Shehzad Roy paid a tribute to the departed. Songs like Aitbaar, Ye Shaam, Na Tu Aayegi and Dil Dil Pakistan were his present to the country. The icon had recited Naats which are close to the heart of countless people across the globe.
2. Amjad Sabri
The legendary Qawwal, Amjad Sabri became a target of terrorist attacks after he was gunned down by armed motorcyclists in daylight. He was the Nephew of famed qawwal Maqbool Sabri, Amjad’s sudden death left everyone in tears. The qawwali maestro’s first and last Coke Studio performance.
The qawwali maestro’s first and last Coke Studio performance “Aj Rang Hai” moved his fans to tears and it will remain the most cherished performance in the history of Pakistan.
The most controversial celebrity of 2016, who was known as the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan was murdered by her brother Waseem Azeem in the name of honor killing. Her death took the public by storm.
She was one of the first Pakistani women football player to score a hat-trick for the country in an international arena. The 20-year-old, young soul passed in a car accident in Karachi. Shahlyla was a member of the Baluchistan United FC as well as the Pakistan national women football team.
Another icon that left us all drowning in tears was the four-time winner of the esteemed Nigar Award, Shamim Ara passed away after a extended illness that resulted going in a coma for six years prior to her death. She was known for her roles in films such as Devdas, Humraz, and Pal Do Pal, the actress, producer and director was known as one of the most successful women film director of Pakistan.
One of the most prominent names in the world of literature and play writing, Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away earlier this year after a cruel combat with throat cancer.
Recognized for the most popular television series of her time, the novelist was also a heir of several honors including the Pride of Performance Award and Hilal-e-Imtiaz, which she received in 2012. She was also awarded the highest Japanese civil award for her contribution to the world of television and literature.