Senior journalist, the political commentator, and editor of the English daily The News International, Talat Aslam, has died. He was 67.
Aslam’s career spanned a wide range of publications, including assignments at the Herald and The News, which he later led. He also had an extensive online presence, where he analyzed a variety of issues on Twitter, often with mind twists that would cut to the core of the issue.
An advocate for human rights and media freedom, even in his recent tweets, he urged the government not to do what its predecessor did to the media.
His death sparked a wave of sorrow on the part of fellow journalists, politicians, and rights bodies.
Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman, who worked with Aslam at The Herald, said it felt like her heart would “burst with grief upon hearing that old friend, veteran journalist @titojourno just passed away”. “He was the kindest, funniest, wittiest, warmest soul in the whole world.”
TV anchor Hamid Mir was also saddened by his death.