Lahore: “The beginning is with the blessed name of the glorious Lord, who knows the secrets of the hearts; the eyes that see, the ears that hear, the greetings of Tariq Aziz!” These words are still fresh in the minds of a generation. I remember the beginning of Aziz’s program “Auction House” which was also the first game show in the history of Pakistan.
Launched in 1975, “Neelam Ghar”, later renamed “Tariq Aziz Show” and “Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz”, is only one aspect of the late Tariq Aziz’s personality as he was part of the program. Apart from being a host, he had also been a voice actor, actor, politician, publisher, and poet and made his mark on whatever he did.
Tariq Aziz, who opened a new chapter with his God-given talents, was born on April 28, 1936, in the city of Jalandhar in the undivided Punjab province of India under the British Crown. His father Mian Abdul Aziz was one of the passionate activists of the “Pakistani” movement and he started using “Pakistani” in his name from 1937.
With the formation of Pakistan, Tariq Aziz migrated with his parents to Sahiwal and received his early education there.
Later, in the 1950s, the young Tariq Aziz began his professional life with Radio Pakistan Lahore, where he gained considerable experience reading news on the radio. The tone and tone that Mr. Tariq Aziz became accustomed to from this radio experience remained a feature of his personality until his death.
When Pakistan Television was started in 1964, one of the founders of this channel was Tariq Aziz Sahib, where he also became the first male announcer of PTV. However, the “auction house” that started in 1975 not only took his fame to new heights but also perpetuated it to such an extent that “auction house” and “Tariq Aziz” became each other’s identities. Although the program spans nearly 40 years, it has been closed for several years.
In the early years of Pakistan Television, there was no facility to record programs. At the same time, the late Tariq Aziz not only acted as an actor and compere in several PTV programs but also as a director in some live dramas.
Speaking of films, the late Tariq Aziz also acted in films. His first film was Humanity, released in 1967. His second most memorable film, “Birthday”, was released in 1969, due to timeless film songs such as “My Life is a Song, My Life is a Song” and “Where Did You Go Then, Where’s Our Destiny?” It is still popular today. In this film, Mr. Tariq Aziz played the role of a judge very well.
It is certainly not without interest that former President Asif Ali Zardari also played the childhood role of a hero (Waheed Murad) as a child actor in this film.
Apart from “Birthday”, standard films like “Katari”, “Katari”, “Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan”, “Har Gaya Man” etc. are also to the credit of the late Tariq Aziz.
Very few people know that during his long stay in Karachi in the 1980s, Mr. Tariq Aziz also published two magazines: “Fifteenth Century” and “Children’s Magazine” which were very standard and very successful. Despite this, it could not last for more than a few years due to the ignorance of Mr. Tariq Aziz in publishing matters.
This was the time when PTV Karachi used to have an “auction house” which was shot in “Rangoonwala Hall”. The popularity of this program in Karachi was so high that it was very difficult to get passes.
In each issue of “Children’s Magazine,” he would conduct an exclusive interview of a child who had shown outstanding performance in any field, whose picture would be published on the cover. However, in the “fifteenth century” mostly clean stories and installment novels were published.
The late Tariq Aziz was deeply saddened by the failure, closure, and financial loss of these two magazines and called the experience of publishing a magazine in the circle of friends the “worst mistake” of his life.
While staying in Karachi, Mr. Tariq Aziz got married. However, all that is known about their domestic and married life is that they were childless.
He has received several awards for services in the fine arts, including the 1992 Presidential Medal of Excellence from the Government of Pakistan.
He moved to Lahore again in the early 1990s and stayed there until his last days.
The late Tariq Aziz also had clear political thinking. In an interview, he said that when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto founded the Pakistan People’s Party in 1969 and chanted the slogan “bread, cloth and house”, he was impressed. But in 1989, when Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan for the first time, Mr. Tariq Aziz’s thinking had changed to a large extent in favor of the PML-N.
While Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was gaining political proximity to the PML-N, the time came in 1997 when the late Tariq Aziz contested the National Assembly elections from Lahore on the ticket of the same political party and defeated his rival Imran Khan Niazi.
But a few months later, Mr. Tariq Aziz’s reputation was tarnished when he entered the premises of the Supreme Court, Islamabad, at the behest of the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Also taken And that was confirmed by CCTV footage.
Shortly after this incident, Mr. Tariq Aziz withdrew from politics.
He has also been active on Twitter for the past few years and his Twitter handle was ariTariqAzizPTV. Just a day before his death, he wrote in his tweet from the hospital: “It seems time has stopped, life has come to a standstill. I have been lying in bed for many days thinking about the great blessing of free movement. I don’t know when the old times will return, there is no hope yet. “
Note: Tariq Aziz’s Twitter account has recently been deleted.