Arts Council of Pakistan and A.J production mutually organized a seminar in the memory of senior journalist and actor Asad Jaferi in the Haseena Moin Hall, Arts Council. Akhlaq Ahmed, Raju Jameel, Syeda Afzal, former provincial minister Rauf Siddiqui, Hassan Jahangir, Saadat Jaferi, Qazi Zakir, Ghazal Jaferi, Dr Sana Parveen, Ali Jaferi, Ather Javed Sufi, Abdul Wasi Qureshi, Sheikh Liaquat Ali, Dr Fatima Hassan, Nargis Qamar, Sohail Ahmed and others expressed their views on the occasion. At the same time, the event was presided by Mazhar Abbas.
Mazhar Abbas said that I recognized Asad from his writings. I read his diaries to get an idea of what was happening in the city. He said that as long as Asad Jafari continued to write for the people, everyone used it to the fullest. We live in a mean society, and we should not expect anything. Asad Jafari never shared his problems with anyone. He served people without discrimination of gender, colour, or language.
Rauf Siddiqui said that I was not too fond of Asad Jafari earlier, but his indescribable struggle impressed me a lot.
Akhlaq Ahmed said that at the age of 23, I got the opportunity to work with Asad Jafari. I saw the combination of journalism and showbiz for the first time, which was amazing. “There were many aspects of Jaferi’s personality, and one was his caring nature; he could not see anyone in pain. He is not with us today, but he will always be remembered,” said Syeda Afzal.
Speaking on occasion, Jafri’s wife, Ghazal Jafri, said, I was 30 when I married him. I was his huge fan even before marrying him. he always made himself available for everyone in need. Saadat jafri said Asad was a very talkative and lively person, he was my dearest friend, and his death was indeed a loss for me.
Addressing the seminar Asad’s son Ali Jafri said that I realized that he was a great man after my father’s demise. He worked for the betterment of society. I am grateful to the president of the Arts Council, Mohammad Ahmed Shah, who always supported us.