Renowned journalist Sohail Qalandar passes away

Sohail Qalandar, one of the very few courageous, anti-Taliban and anti-terrorism voices in Pakistani journalism, is no longer with us.

By: sudhir

Peshawar: Renowned journalist passed away here on Saturday. Sohail Qalanadar, resident editor of Daily Express Peshawar all of a sudden felt serious pain his chest and was hurriedly shifted to Lady Reading hospital Peshawar where he breathed his last. Journalists thronged to the hospital to see his corpse as it will be the last time they would have a glance at him. Journalist community has felt shock over his tragic demise. They have mourned over his death and remembered his services as a journalist for this whole region.

Sohail Qalandar had been kidnapped and kept in custody in Bara area for a long time, but was released on the pressure from journalists’ community.

Sohail Qalandar was a bold and courageous journalist and columnist. He always wrote for peace and development of this Pushtoon belt. His services as a journalist would be remembered for long time. In his student life he also played a very active role on the platform of Islami Jamiat Talaba, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. But later on when he joined journalism as a profession, he forgot about practical politics and worked as a neutral journalist.

He was equally popular among the political groups as he proved his neutrality while reporting or writing on political and social issues. The tribal journalists have also mourned over his demise saying his great services in the field of journalism would always be remembered. They prayed to Allah Almighty to grant his soul eternal peace and happiness in paradise.

One of Sohail Qalandar’s columns against Taliban terrorists (Qatilan)

Sohail Qalandar was kidnapped for 50 day in 2007.

A comment by Ghost Of TK:
When two-faced hypocrites like Ansar Abbasi were mincing words confusing the nation and distracting away from the crimes of these murderous, anti-Pakistan fiends aka Qatilbans, Sohail Qalandar had the guts to call a spade a spade!


Sohail Qalandar is right! It is the duty of the media to lead the nation and take it out of the morass & paralysis created by the fifth columnist, intentionally dis-ingenious “analyses” offered by the religious wingnut operatives like Ansar Abbasi and the so called “religious” parties in general.

Wahid Doyum said:
@Ghost Of TK,
Just wait, Sohail Qalander will be accused of being a CIA agent very soon and Ansar Abbasi and his B team will go after him for some reason or the other. This is now the best way for the pro-taliban infested right wing media to discredit pro-pushtun/pro-pakistan people.


Here is a collection of Sohail Qalandar’s columns on Pk Columns:

Video Clip: Sohail Qalandar with Kamran Shahid in Front Line (Express News)

Obituary by Abbas Ather

Also read obituary by Muhammad Amir Khakwani:



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