Top civil leadership, showbiz stars, and activists mourned the death of legendary Pakistani actor Qavi Khan who breathed his last on Sunday. Khan passed away in Canada during his treatment for cancer at the age of 80. The Pride of Performance recipient was one of the first actors of Pakistan’s state-owned PTV.
Veteran Pakistani actor Qavi Khan is no more. He passed away on Sunday, March 5, at the age of 80. The renowned actor died of a prolonged illness in Canada, where he was for treatment. If reports are to be believed, he was suffering from cancer. According to reports, the son of the legendary actor, Adnan Qavi said that the time and date of the funeral will be announced later.
Family sources reportedly said that Qavi Khan’s funeral and burial will take place today, March 6, in Canada. The funeral prayers will be offered after the Zuhr prayer at a mosque in Mississauga. The late actor will then be buried in Meadowvale Cemetry in Brampton.
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Qavi Khan was one of the first actors on television. Born in Peshawar, Qavi Khan appeared in more than 200 films and TV plays since the mid-1960s. He is said to have started his career with Radio Pakistan. He later moved to Lahore and started working on television and films.
Khan, a Yousufzai Pathan, began working as a child actor at Radio Pakistan in Peshawar. His family later moved to Lahore. In 1964, he went on to work for state TV when its broadcast first started in Lahore, being one of the first actors on the TV.
He started his film career in 1965. In 1966, he appeared in TV drama Lakhon Mian Teen. Khan is also well known for his police drama serial Andhera Ujala. An event was arranged at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) auditorium, Islamabad, in March 2011, to pay tribute to Qavi Khan’s achievements.
Some of his recent works include Saheliyan, (2016 television serial), Farz (2017), Khaani (2017) and “Meri Shehzadi” (2022-23). He also received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Nigar Awards.