PESHAWAR: Three media employees, including two at Radio Pakistan, have passed away due to the deadly coronavirus, according to Radio Pakistan.
Radio Pakistan senior broadcast engineer Muhammad Ashfaq and Urdu newscaster Huma Zafar died of the virus.
“Muhammad Ashfaq was a regular employee of Radio Pakistan and known for his competence and dedication to technical work. He was very humble and friendly personality,” it wrote.
“Huma Zafar was a contractual newsreader and had been reading national bulletins in CNO PBC for the last two decades. She was well educated lady and did her Phd in Psychology from abroad.
“She was also attached with Waqar un Nisa Girls College Rawalpindi as a senior faculty member,” it added.
Separately, 92 News journalist Fakhruddin Syed also succumbed to the deadly coronavirus earlier on Thursday in Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC), the facility’s director confirmed, adding that he had been under treatment there after his health deteriorated.
In this regard, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s adviser, Ajmal Wazir, said Syed “fell victim to coronavirus himself while fighting on the front line to raise awareness”.
“May God grant Fakhruddin Syed a high position in the paradise and give patience to his family,” Wazir wrote on Twitter. “The government stands with the journalists and will not leave them alone in these trying times.”
The KP adviser said the provincial government would give a Rs1-million compensation to the late journalist’s family.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz expressed deep grief and sorrow over the deaths of Syed, Zafar, and Ashfaq.
Faraz said the media — along with doctors, nurses, and medical staff — was also playing a leading role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
He saluted the proud heroes of the nation who were martyred while performing their duty of service to the nation. He also prayed for them to rest in eternal peace and for their families to have courage to bear their loss with fortitude.