Poor le­gends of Pak­istan

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IQRA SALEEM Over the ages, Pak­istan has been blessed with many tal­ented artists and they left be­hind their mem­o­rable work, but what this coun­try gave to them? Many sto­ries of cheers and tears have ended in tragedy. In the end they lived in ab­ject poverty and died with­out get­ting help from any quar­ter. Ac­tress Ro­mana, Nimmi, Zakir Ali Khan, Sud­heer, Mazhar Shah, Per­vaiz Me­hdi, Jaggi Ma­lik and Adeeb suf­fered in their later years. Le­gendry stars Ro­mana and Nimmi were seen beg­ging from peo­ple in their last days.

Us­tad Zakir AliKhan, brother of Us­tad Sala­mat Ali Khan, passed away in ab­ject poverty some years ago. He con­tin­ued to wait for days on end for his mea­gre amount cheques to clear. In his last days, he used to visit the of­fices of art coun­cils and its al­lied in­sti­tu­tions seek­ing help, as he was also suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple dis­eases. He passed away in grief and dis­be­lief that no one had come to his help.

Show­biz is a strange world. The glam­our and glitz of this field of­ten makes the artistes com­mit mis­takes. To pro­pel their im­age as celebri­ties they over­spend and some go way­ward. But those artists who save for the rainy day live com­fort­ably in old age. How­ever, it is a fact that there is no public or pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lished es­pe­cially for wel­fare of artists. I re­quest con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to take favourable ac­tions and pro­vide proper shel­ter and health facilities to those great artists who spend their lives serv­ing Pak­istan. —Karachi

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