KARACHI: Shafiuddin Ash­raf, popular secretary of the Pakistan usher in people Union (PHWU) and chairman of All Pakis­tan Newspaper personnel Confederation (Apnec), handed away at a nearby sanatorium after an extended illness on Friday. He turned into 63.

he is survived with the aid of his wife, sons and a daughter.

A compassionate guy of excessive integrity and a dedicated exchange unionist, Mr Ashraf spent a long time combating for the rights of newspaper employees and press freedom.

After receiving his early education in East Pakistan, Mr Ashraf changed into forced to migrate to Karachi at some point of the turmoil-stuffed period of the early Nineteen Seventies that saw a number of his family contributors massacred in his birthplace Santahar, near Raj Shahi.

He joined sunrise in 1975 and later got related to the union within the Eighties. Armed with an LLB degree and a coronary heart of gold, Mr Ashraf who changed into nicely-versed with the labour legal guidelines soon rose to standard secretary’s publish and earned the respect of 1 and enthusiastic about his robust will and willpower to the cause of newspaper personnel.

His selfless contribution and warfare for media people acquired countrywide popularity while he assumed rate as Apnec chairman.

The top leadership of the Pakistan usher in employees Union, Pakistan Federal Union of journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Union of newshounds (KUJ) and numerous different media establishments expressed deep sorrow over Mr Ashraf’s premature loss of life and termed it a outstanding loss for change-unionism and media workers.

His Namaz-i-Janaza can be held on Saturday (Dec 8) after Zohr prayers (1.15pm) at Jamia Darul Uloom Rahmania, near DC workplace, 15-A/5, Buffer region, Karachi.

He may be laid to rest on the version Colony graveyard.

Condolences

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the passing away of Mr Ashraf.

In a condolence message issued from Islamabad, the former president stated that Mr Ashraf had dedicated his lifestyles to the reason of media employees’ rights and his loss of life had left a vacuum that could take a long time to fill. His struggle for the implementation of the salary Board Award for newspapers employees would long be remembered, he brought.

Mr Zardari prayed for eternal relaxation for the departed soul and supply of patience to the bereaved family to endure the loss.

In a joint declaration issued from Islamabad, PFUJ president Afzal Butt and secretary trendy Ayub Jan Sarhandi expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of life of Mr Ashraf.

“Our hearts are bleeding and we don't have any words to specific our sorrow on the dying of Shafiuddin Ashraf,” said the assertion.

“Shafiuddin Ashraf spent all his life struggling for the rights of the employees of media enterprise and we have no words to pay tributes to his offerings for the employees.”

They stated Mr Ashraf belonged to the working class and, as a result, become privy to their troubles and that he spent his lifestyles to combat for his or her rights. “He was a principled guy and stood through his concepts firmly in the course of his life and it become for this reason that he have been elected unopposed the president of every day dawn (union) for over 30 years.”

the two leaders stated that Mr Ashraf’s services as Apnec chairman might lengthy be remembered, specifically the position he played in increasing wages of workers beneath salary board awards.

“He was a beacon of mild for all the exchange union leaders in this united states of america,” they stated.

“He changed into an upright, honest and simple individual who lived all his life without looking for any special favour for himself and his family.

“Our coronary heart goes out for the family members of Shafiuddin Ashraf and similarly percentage their this grief and loss,” they delivered.

The PFUJ leaders expressed their deep sympathy with the media industry employees, especially with dawn employees, over this terrific loss.

They prayed to Allah to simply accept his war for the rights of the employees and give him highest region in Jannah and provide fortitude to his circle of relatives individuals to bear this loss.

The PFUJ has referred to as upon affiliated unions of reporters to cancel all union sports for three days to mourn his demise.

published in sunrise, December 8th, 2018