Former Dawn City Editor Abul Hasanat passes away

October 05, 2019

Former Dawn City Editor Abul Hasanat breathed his last on Saturday in Karachi.

His funeral prayers will be held on Sunday at Masjid-e-Khair-ul Bashar, Block J, North Nazimabad, after Zuhr prayers.

He leaves behind a wife, a son and three daughters.

He graduated from Karachi University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in history, philosophy and international relations.

He worked as a journalist at Dawn from 1995 to 2010, during which he served as the City Editor and senior editorial advisor. In 2011, he joined The Express Tribune, where he served as an editorial consultant to date.

His father, Abul Akhyar, was also a senior journalist.

Hasanat placed great value on objectivity while reporting, once saying that he failed to understand how a journalist could write a news story with his conscience.

“A news story is to be written with objectivity. Is there any concept of dishonesty in journalism? I remember a judge telling someone he wrote decisions on the basis of ‘facts’ and not ‘conscience’. So, a journalist has to be objective in his profession,” he had said.

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