Celebs, politicians note Suhail Asghar’s passing is ‘a great loss for Pakistan’

Veteran actor Suhail Asghar, who passed away in Lahore on Saturday, is now being remembered on Twitter by his fellow actors and friends.

Asghar had been admitted to a Lahore hospital for a week until his passing yesterday at 11:30 AM. His funeral took place today in the Bahria Town locality of Lahore. He was battling health issues for some time now, having undergone a gastric surgery recently too. While actors Mohib Mirza and Faysal Qureshi were among the first to comment on his untimely demise, many have since lamented the loss on the micro-blogging site.

Actor Adnan Siddiqui tweeted, “Another legend bids goodbye. Sohail bhai was an inspiration for many aspiring actors, keeping his family in my prayers and thoughts.” Humayun Saeed chimed in, “Saddened to learn about Sohail Asghar sahab’s passing. May Allah bless his soul. [My] deepest condolences to his family”

Mansha Pasha heard about the tragic news in the evening and tweeted, “Many condolences to the family, just heard the tragic news. We seem to be losing so many wonderful artists lately. Allah reham karay [May God have mercy] and his soul rest in peace, Ameen.” While actor Aijaz Aslam added, “Veteran actor Suhail Asghar is no more. May Allah rest his soul in heaven.”

Actor Shaan Shahid called the veteran’s demise “a great loss for Pakistan.” He went on to commend the ‘depth’ and ‘brilliance’ of Asghar’s craft and assured that he will always be remembered. “Our artistic heritage and history must be preserved for the future generations to learn from,” added Shahid.

The Yalghaar star also commented beneath Dr Shahid Masood’s tweet announcing Asghar’s passing. “One by one, we lose our artists but never get the chance to learn from them,” he shared. “Their knowledge unused by so many, I wish like in sports, we should have coaches in art as well so our generations to come can have an authentic guidance about the medium of acting.”

Television host Aamir Liaquat reminisced Asghar’s love for him. “Another jewel left us, another talented man departed from the world. Suhail Asghar loved me so much because he did not have time for hatred, may Allah grant him his utmost Maghfirah.”

While politicians and public figures otherwise also mourned the loss.

Senator Faisal Javed Khan shared old photos of Asghar from his earlier serials and tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the loss of a legend. Such a fine actor he was, a huge loss for our entertainment industry. His acting in Chand Girhan as Jahanian Shah was outstanding. May ALLAH rest his soul in peace and give his family and fans enough strength to cope with this loss.”

Jibran Nasir called Asghar “a screen icon and a national treasure.” He went on to comment, “May Allah bless the soul of Suhail Asghar and grant his family and friends the patience to bear this huge loss. Chand Girhan, Laag and Murad remain some of his most memorable performances for me as a fan.”

Born and raised in the same city, Asghar started off his career in the showbiz industry as an RJ for Radio Pakistan, where he worked for a decade from 1978 to 1988, following which he started acting in theatre productions. He was known for his roles in TV serials Laag, Piyas, Chand Girhan, Khuda ki Basti and Kajal Ghar. Asghar made his film debut in 2003 with Murad.

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