Athar Shah Khan was a multitalented, multi-faceted artist, who emphasized Pakistani Media, Literature and Performing arts in the whole world and positioned Pakistan in World Encyclopedias. He was a Television comedian, poet and writer. He was born on 26th July, 1943 in Rampur, India.

Athar Shah Khan, famously known by his own created drama character Jaidi, was a blessing to Pakistan media industry. Athar Shah Khan was a Writer, Director, Producer and Poet of Radio, TV, Stage, Film and Literature.

He was a great Urdu poet. His poetry ranges from serious to satirical comedy. Athar started his career from writing for Radio, and wrote around 700 plays, among which ‘Jedi Kay Sang’ was his hit serial. He was well known for his satirical comedy.

The satire in his poetry is the epitome of deep observation of society, time, life and people. His comical character of Jedi, which brought him great fame and the love of people, was also highly acknowledged not only by the great actors of that time, like Talat Hussain, Subhani Bayounus etc. but also by social intellectuals.

The innocence of the character of Jedi was a satire on our society. The comical character of Jedi was rated the second best character after Ratan Nath Sarshar’s “Khoji”.

Athar Shah Khan was awarded the Pride of Performance (the most prestigious award of Pakistan) Award in 2000 for his creativity and effort in awakening the society and flourishing arts, media and literature of Pakistan.

Athar Shah Khan was indeed a great inspiration for us and for the generations to come. He died on 10th May, 2020 in Karachi due to heart attack. His funeral prayer was offered at Masjid-i-Aqsa and he is buried in the Sakhi Hasan Graveyard in Karachi.

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