Legendary television and radio personality Kanwal Naseer passed away at the age of 73 in Islamabad after battling a brief illness. The news of her demise came out yesterday, March 25.
It was reported that she was suffering from diabetes and being treated at a private hospital for the last few days.
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
As the news of her demise circulated on social media, celebrities and politicians mourned her death and recalled her services for the nation.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Ch. Fawad Hussain shared a tribute to the late TV and ratio artist as he tweeted:
“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
PTI MPA Madiha Nisar also said a brief prayer for her departed soul.
Pioneer of TV anchoring Kanwal Naseer is no more. She was a legend. Her urdu dialect was unmatchable. May Allah bless her with maghfirat and highest ranks in jannah tul firdous. Aameen#ptv#kanwalnaseer pic.twitter.com/03jpC2e4OF
— Madiha Nisar (@MPAMadiha) March 25, 2021
Humayun Saeed and Imran Abbas also shared their heartfelt condolences to her family.
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
Kanwal Naseer had the honor of being Pakistan’s first female news presenter and anchor. Born in Lahore in 1948, she made her first appearance for PTV on 26th November, 1964.
She remained associated with PTV and Radio Pakistan for five decades. Her voice and unmatched skills as an artist won the hearts of many.
She has been awarded with Pride of Performance and numerous other national awards in recognition of her services.