Renowned columnists Ardeshir Cowasjee passed away
Renewed columnist Ardehsir Cowasjee died in Karachi on November 24, 2012. He was admitted in intensive care unit in local hospital twelve days back for chest illness. Cowasjee wrote widely read weekly column for English Daily Dawn from 1988 to 2011. He is also known for philanthropic activities and his love the city of Karachi. Cowasjee weekly column has big following who admires his fearless critique of government and other important matters affecting Pakistan. During his last years he become disillusioned with successive government failures, corruption and growing extremism.
With the arrival of private news channels, Ardehsir Cowasjee was often invited as guest on various television talk shows. The viewers who do not read his columns also become his fans due to his on spot criticism on corruption, nepotism and lack of governance. Cowasjee wrote hard hitting column for Dawn that were well researched and to the point. He also took the initiative to confront land and builders mafia by taking them to court. Karachi has lost his most passionate patron and activist. He also spent 72 days in jail during 1976 when he criticized Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s autocratic rule. He died at the age of 86 leaving behind his daughter Ava and son Rustom. Ardehsir Cowasjee will always be remembered for his columns, activism, patriotism and love for Pakistan.
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