Veteran playwright, actor and academic Shoaib Hashmi has passed away after a long illness in Lahore on Monday 15 May 2023.
Shoaib Hashmi obtained a Master of Arts degree from Government College Lahore and Economics degree from London School of Economics (LSE). He had also obtained a theatre degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.
He was a teacher at the Government College for many years and wrote and acted in several plays for the PTV in the 70s. His well-known plays include Akkar Bakkar, Sach Gupp and Taal Matol. He also wrote a column in a private newspaper named Taal Matol in 1990. He was awarded with the Good Performance and Medal of Distinction by the Government of Pakistan in 1995.
He is survived by his wife Salima Hashmi (daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz) and their two children, Adeel Hashmi and Mira Hashmi.
انا لله و انا اليه راجعون such a beautiful soul and satire. Unfortunately Pakistanis over the decades have lost their sense of humour.