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Veteran journalist and Analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai has Died

His son, Arshad Yusufzai, has confirmed that veteran journalist and analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai has died after a long battle with cancer.

A professional journalist, he was an expert on the country’s tribal areas, Afghanistan and the Taliban. He covered the situation in Afghanistan after the Soviet occupation in 1979 and interviewed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban founder Mullah Omar.

Yusufzai was a regular news editor in Peshawar and also worked as a correspondent for Time magazine and the BBC.


The late journalist was awarded by the Pakistani government for his work and was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in 2005 and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2010.

His funeral prayer will be held on Friday (tomorrow) at 11 a.m. in the village of Inzargai, where Kyber Pakhtunkhwa was born in the Mardan region.

He expressed his condolences to journalists and politicians over Yusufzai’s death.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was saddened to hear the death of “one of Pakistan’s most respected journalists.”


“He was the author of the opinion because the columns were well researched,” the prime minister said, offering his condolences to the family of the late journalist.

Shehbaz Sharif, president of the PML and opposition leader in the parliament, said he was “heartbroken”.

Visiting Yusufzai, Shehbaz described him as a “veteran journalist, an experienced analyst and a comprehensive gentleman,” and said that “his death left a huge gap in journalism.”

“He was one of the most credible voices in regional politics, especially in Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism,” the PML-N president said.

Waziristan MNA Mohsin Dawar said he would be remembered for his professionalism, courtesy, dedication and gentle demeanor.

Former senator Farhatullah Babar also paid tribute to Yusufzai, saying: “He is a great journalist, a talented researcher, an observer of the Afghan scene and, above all, a great man. Rahimullah’s humility was only in his abilities. Unlike many, never lost weight. “

Abbas Nasir, the former editor of Sabah, called Yusufzai a dear friend and respected colleague, and said he inspired all good journalists.

“His interviews, when there was no speech on Afghanistan, were flawless because they created an incredible network.”

Journalist Talat Hussein said, “In the death of Rahimullah Yusufzai, we lost a dear friend, a senior journalist and a news organization.”

Journalist Zarrar Khuhro said Yusufzai’s death was “really the end of an era.”

“He is a man of deep understanding and great learning ability. He is a giant who cannot be compensated. He will be very bored,” he said.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher says the late journalist was a “generous colleague and a journalist of great knowledge, wisdom and honesty”.

“Some of my most meaningful interviews in Pakistan were with him,” he recalled.

Nagendar Sharma, an Indian journalist, said it was “the most reliable name for the Allied occupation of Afghanistan since the September 11, 2001 attacks.”



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