On Thursday, Kanwal Naseer, the first female anchor, first female newscaster, and first female announcer of Pakistan Television, passed away at the age of 73 after a brief illness whilst she was in Islamabad.
She was a radio and TV artist and renowned broadcaster. She was the daughter of famous radio artist Mohini Hameed (Apa Shamim) and mother-in-law of PTI Secretary Information Ahmed Jawad.
Naseer was born in Lahore in 1948. She was appreciated and loved by her fans, who were sad after hearing of her demise. PTV Home took it to the micro-blogging site to announce the departure of Pakistan Televisions’s first drama artist and announcer.
پاکستان ٹیلی ویژن کی پہلی خاتون اناؤنسر، ڈرامہ آرٹسٹ محترمہ کنول نصیر انتقال کر گئیں۔
انا للہ وانا الیہ راجعون۔ pic.twitter.com/MO7tqmQHB7
— PTV Home (@PTVHomeOfficial) March 25, 2021
Kanwal was being treated at a private hospital for some time. According to a source, she had diabetes and passed away due to cardiac arrest.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
With deep sorrow, i announce that my mother in law Kanwal Naseer passed away due to cardiac arrest.
Namaz e Janaza 26 Mar 2021
2:30 pm H-11 Graveyard, Islamabad.
House 16, The Enclave,
After Korang Bridge, Bani Gala, Islamabad
— Ahmad Jawad PTI (@AhmadJawadBTH) March 25, 2021
PTI’s federal minister Ch Fawad Hussain also tweeted on Kanwal’s demise: ‘The first female voice of PTV, the legendary Kanwal Naseer is no more. RIP’
The first female voice of PTV, the legendary Kanwal Naseer is no more. RIP pic.twitter.com/lwwsZ63gf5
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 25, 2021
Pakistani Literary Genius Haseena Moin also passed away today. Read the full story here:
Humayun Saeed also tweeted to pass on his condolences. He said,
Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Kanwal Naseer Sahiba. She was an icon and will always remain one. Heartfelt condolences to her family. May Allah bless her soul.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Kanwal Naseer sahiba. She was an icon and will always remain one. Heartfelt condolences to her family. May Allah bless her soul pic.twitter.com/YWuDNr3T1D
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) March 25, 2021
At the mere age of 17, Kanwal joined the media. On the 26th of November, 1964, she made her first announcement on PTV.
After that, there was no stopping. Kanwal remained associated with PTV and Radio Pakistan for 50 years.
The government of Pakistan has recognized her efforts and conferred her with the Pride of Performance and numerous other national awards for her services.
We have lost two incredible women and legends of the Pakistani TV industry, Haseena Moin and Kanwal Naseer. Haseena Moin was an iconic playwright who was renowned for empowering women characters in her plays. Kanwal Naseer was Pakistan’s first television presenter and anchor. pic.twitter.com/7oghLfYdbL
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) March 26, 2021
RIP Kanwal Naseer, you were such an inspiration. May u be blessed with the highest place in Jannah! Ameen pic.twitter.com/3MhQzDgK5T
— Sana Bucha (@sanabucha) March 25, 2021
Radio Pakistan's famous newscaster and first female announcer of State TV, Kanwal Naseer has passed away.
— 💫SS (@sattar_sadia_) March 25, 2021
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