By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
S M Ozair, a veteran journalist, passed away in Karachi on October 20. His Namaz-e-Janaza was offered at Masjid Suroor in Block-N of North Nazimabad and he was later laid to rest at the nearby Sakhi Hasan graveyard. His burial was largely attended by relatives, friends and journalists.
The 85-year old S M Ozair has left behind a son and two daughters besides grandsons and granddaughters to mourn his death. The Soyem will be held on October between Asr and Maghrib prayers. The arrangements for Quran Khwani and Fateha Khwani have been made for both gents and ladies at his house B-52, Block-N, North Nazimabad.
He had retired from the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), the national news agency of the country, after a long and distinguished career during which he served as Special Correspondent at Beijing, China.
Upon return from China he had worked as Director Administration at the APP Headquarters in Islamabad and later served as Director Economic News Service at Karachi from where he finally retired in the early 1990s.
S M Ozair was rated very highly in the profession. His competence as a reporter, particularly in the field of economics, was talked about with awe.