Veteran actor and director Anwar Iqbal has passed away in Karachi at the age of 71, his family said on Thursday.

The actor, who shot to fame for his role in the drama ‘Shama’, was under treatment at a local hospital in the port city. He has left behind four daughters. His funeral prayers will be offered after Isha prayer and he will be buried at Mewa Shah graveyard in Karachi, reports said.

Last week, the actor had issued a statement, seeking prayers for his health and privacy. “I have been chronically ill for some time and have been getting the best treatment possible under the supervision of Karachi ‘s best board of doctors,” the statement had said.

  • He starred in Shama, Akhri Chattan, Babur, Ishq Pecha, Dosten Jo Piar, Pul Siraat, Rista Anjana Se, and Hina Ki Khushboo. Iqbal also produced the first-ever Balochi feature film titled ‘Hammal o Mahganj’ in Pakistan in 1976. The screenplay was written by prominent Balochi language poet Syed Zahoor Hashmi. However, it could not be screened in Karachi due to protests by the Baloch activists.
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