Friends and colleagues gathered at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (CEJ-IBA) to remember Idrees Bakhtiar and Anil Datta, veteran journalists who passed away recently.
Speaking on the occasion, Veteran journalist Qaiser Mehmood described Bakhtiar as a member of his family. "I was taught by Idrees how to write; the sad part is that all the knowledge Idrees had has gone with him." He added that Bakhtiar was a pioneer of investigative journalism.
The News International reporter Zia Ur Rehman described his colleague Datta as a thorough gentleman. "He had a command over writing, with a brilliant taste in music and art," he said, adding that the newsroom misses him a lot.
Also speaking at the condolence reference, freelance journalist Afia Salam said the journalist fraternity had lost two great role models 'Bakhtiar and Datta.' "While we mourn their loss, we can best celebrate their life by emulating the high standards of quality journalism conducted in an unbiased manner with great personal integrity," she said.
Many people had come to pay tribute to their former colleagues.
Former Information Minister Javed Jabbar said, "Despite being different both Anil and Idrees were very similar, the fairness of mind and morality were the personality attributes of both personalities."
Secretary Karachi Press Club (KPC) Arman Sabir was also present at the condolence reference. "Idrees was my mentor and I have learnt many things from him," he said. He described Datta as the highlight of the KPC.
President of KPC Imtiaz Faran said, "Anil and Idrees were legends of journalism, and no one can replace the work they have done for journalism."