Pioneer of Compering and Documentary Narration on TV
Renowned TV compere, anchor, educationist and host Professor Dr Laiq Ahmed Khan was born at Lahore in 1933 and got his basic education as a student at Central Model School Lahore and got role of honor from Govt. College Lahore and won several First prizes in All Pakistan Debates. Subsequently, he got his higher education from Punjab University, earning two masters degrees in physics and public administration from Punjab University in 1940.
Laiq Ahmed remained associated with the education sector until his retirement. His last appointment was director general at the Academy of Educational Planning and Management, from which he retired in 1994. Previously, he was the director education and assistant registrar of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), and had also serving at other renowned institutions.
Early Career on TV
Other than education He started working on All India Radio in 1942. Afterward he was attached with Pakistan Television (Ptv) which started in 1964 and helped make him a recognisable figure among television audiences. He hosted different programmes from the 1964s to 1980s, mostly focusing on education. With his program ‘Science Magazine’, he became a sensation among the youth of the time. This turned out to be the turning point of his career as a broadcaster. which brought him to the heights of fame. Later, the programme had also been aired from Karachi and Islamabad for continued for 30 years, becoming one of the longest running shows in PTV’s history. Laiq also helped kick starting educational TV programming in Pakistan. He was a skilled orator and had good command of Urdu, which brought him to Ptv. So he also started compering in other programmes and hosted different programmes of Ptv. In 1970 general elections he conducted live coverage of 1970 general elections, including the daylong incidents, results and discussions on the trends of election results, political parties situation and turnout ratio.
Mr Laiq also honoured to cover the launching of first satellite for the Pakistan which rose to further glory his career when he conducted the live coverage of first satellite of United States of America from the region of sub-continent.
Another responsibility given to him was to hold discussions during the Islamic Summit which was held in 1974. He also took the responsibility of hosting discussion forums on PTV during Islamic Summit Conference in 1974. He was also assigned to hold the live coverage of Islamic World heads during their visits to Pakistan
Keeping his expertise over live coverage, it was Laiq Ahmed who used to compere at the glorious event of the year, the Parade on March 23 held every year and the responsibility of conducting live coverage of special national events.
He was specially invited to attend the 49th anniversary of PTV held on November 22, 2013. And that was the last show when he appeared on Ptv, at the 49th anniversary of the state-run TV station, along with old colleagues such as former Ptv MD Agha Nasir and former Ptv’s first host Kanwal Nasir.
Honors and Awards
In recognition to his meritorious services, the Government of Pakistan awarded him with Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr Laiq was honoured with the pride of performance award.
Laiq Ahmed got married in 1958 and was blessed with five daughters and two sons. Other than a loving husband and kind father he was a generous and helping man by nature, who infused new and thought-provoking ideas among younger generation.
Demise of the Artist
After struggling with a brief illness, Laiq Ahmed Khan breathed his last on January 27, 2014 at the age of 80. He was laid to rest in the H-11 graveyard in Islamabad. He left behind a widow and seven children, including five daughters and two sons.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary Dr. Nazir Saeed, PML-N Information Secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan and a large number of people from different walks of life attended his funeral.
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