Renowned scholar, writer and broadcaster Obaidullah Baig passed away in Karachi today. Family sources said that his funeral prayer would be held on 22 June after Friday prayers at the Madina Masjid near Do Talwar, Clifton.
Baig was a well-known intellectual, writer, novelist, columnist and a media expert. He was awarded the Pride of Performance medal for his achievements in the media. Obaidullah Baig teamed up with Iftikhar Arif in 1970s and then with Ghazi Salahuddin and Quraish Pur in 1990s and won renown for the famous quiz show “Kasauti”. During the time of partition in 1947, Baig migrated from Rampur, India and settled in Karachi making it his permanent abode. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Obaidullah Baig was an eminent scholar, Urdu writer/novelist, Columnist and media expert from Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Obaidullah Baig with his family escaped from pograms and genocide in Rampur, India and settled in Karachi, Pakistan. Obaidullah Baig teamed up with Iftikhar Arif in 1970s and then with Ghazi Salahuddin in 1990s and won renown for the famous Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) quiz show Kasauti. Nowadays, he is running a similar program from a private Pakistani TV Channel with the name of “Kasauti, Master Mind”. The program is conducted by the original host of Kasauti, Quraish Pur. His wife, Salma Baig was also a renowned face on PTV for hosting programs in the past and for her participation in educational sector.
Obaidullah Baig has three daughters. Obaidullah Baig’s eldest daughter is Maryam Baig, who is studying in the United States. She is a visual artist and also a theatre actor. She is following her father’s footsteps by making films as well. His second daughter is Fatima Adarsh, who is married to T.V actor Adarsh Ayaz and works for Pakistani news channels. Obaidullah Baig’s youngest daughter Amina Baig is an artist; she also worked for The News International. Obaidullah Baig was awarded ‘Pride of Performance’ (August 14, 2008) by the President of Pakistan for his services to Pakistani media.