LAHORE - Thousands of people from all walks of life on Sunday attended Qul of veteran journalist and Nawa-i-Waqt Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami who passed away in the wee hours of Saturday.

Qul was held at the residence of Majid Nizami at Mason Road. Dua for the departed soul was led by Allama Dr Raghib Naeemi. Mufti Intekhab Ahmed recited the holy Quran while Marghoob Ahmed Hamdani and Akhtar Hussain Qureshi presented Naats.

Politicians, journalists, civil society members, retired judges, doctors, engineers and people from other walks of life attended in large numbers. Prominent among them were PM’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, SBP ex-governor Shahid Kardar, PML-Q leaders Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and SM Zafar, The Nation Editor Salim Bokhari, Nawa-i-Waqt General Manager Mujahid Hussain Syed, Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, Shoaib Nizami, Khabrain Editor Zia Shahid, Lahore Press Club President Arshad Ansari and ANP Secretary General Ehsan Wyne.

The other dignitaries included political secretary to PM Dr Asif Kirmani, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir, provincial ministers Bilal Yaseen and Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik, PML-N leader Ghulam Dastageer, Punjab Assembly opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, former foreign minister Khursheed Kasuri and former Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.

Also in attendance were Justice (r) Malik Qayyum, Justice (r) Dilawar Mehmood, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Justice (r) Riaz Ahmed, Justice (r) Sardar Muhammad Dogar, PAEC ex-member Dr Kausar Malik, Col (r) Amjad Hussain, Col (r) Jamshaid Tarin, Col (r) Ikram Ullah, Admiral (r) Javed Iqbal, Punjab University VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Prof Khalid Masood and Qasim Zia.

The Qul ceremony was also attended by Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan President Pir Ijaz Hashmi, Dr MA Sufi, PTI’s Aleem Khan, PPP leader Aziz-ur-Rehman Chan, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Imtiaz Rafi Butt, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, former minister Qayyum Nizami, Masood Shorash, Amjad Islam Amjad, Malik Muhammad Hussain, Ajmal Niazi, Absar Abdul Ali, Ataul Haq Qasmi, Ch Naeem Chattha, Ch Abdul Ghafoor, Rao Tehseen, Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Sohail Fazal, Dr Ahmed Aziz Butt, Usman Arif, Rehman Arif, Dr Shahid Ameen, Mian Marghoob Ahmed, Qari Zawar Bahadur, Mian Yousaf Salahuddin, Mian Misbahur Rehman and Maulana Ameer Hamza, Begum Majeeda Wyne, Mansoor Sohail, Zakaria Butt, Dr Bilal Sufi, Akhtar Rasool, Naseem Lodhi, PPP leader Mehreen Anwar Raja, Dr Farzana Nazeer, Khursheed Ahmed, Dr Rafiq Ahmed, Shoaib bin Aziz, Shahid Rasheed, PAT Gen Secretary Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Khawaja Imran Nazeer, Ch Shahbaz Ahmed, Pir SA Jafri, Orya Maqbool Jan, Rahmat Ali Razi, Ahmed Kamal Nizami, Azam Badar, Bilal Butt, Majid Zahoor, Fawad Chaudhary, Salman Ghani, Sajid Mir, Shafqat Mehmood, DCO Lahore Dr Usman and others.

On Sunday, a large number of people including PML-Q chief Ch Shujaat Hussain, Ch Pervaiz Elahi, PPP leader Qasim Zia and Sardar Latif Khosa also visited Dr Majid Nizami’s residence to express their condolence with his daughter Rameeza Majid Nizami. The visitors lauded the services of Majid Nizami in the field of journalism and for the country.