Dubai: A prominent Dubai-based Pakistani journalist Mohammad Abdul Qadoos passed away yesterday morning.He was 64.
Abdul Qadoos started his career as a reporter in an English newspaper in Dubai and then served as chief reporter and deputy bureau chief. He retired from his job last year but his passion for writing continued as a freelance journalist.
He was suffering from heart ailment for the past many years and had a heart attack on Sunday night. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Abdul Qadoos’ funeral took place at Al Qouz graveyard yesterday and was attended by many members of the Pakistani community.
Abdul Qadoos was also the chairman of the Pakistan Journalist Forum (PJF)in the UAE and was a very popular journalist especially among the Pakistani community. He was a versatile writer who wrote on a variety of topics related to social, cultural, civic, political and business fields.
He came to prominence when he covered the Iraq war in 1990s.
“We are saddened by Abdul Qadoos’ sad demise as he was not only a good journalist but a very kind man,” said Shabeer Merchant who knew Abdul Qadoos for more than two decades.
President of PJF Ashfaq Ahmad said that Abdul Qadoos’ sudden death is a great loss for the community. “He was a source of inspiration for Pakistani journalists and has always been at the forefront to help them solve their issues. His services for the Pakitani community in the UAE and the country will always been remembered.”
Pakistani missions and different Pakistani groups also expressed their condolences and termed it a loss to the community.