In Memoriam for

Professor Zahoor ul Akhlaq

and his daughter


Who were senselessly murdered at their residence in Lahore, Pakistan on January 18th 1999

Who they were:

A summary of Professor Zahoor's achievements
A summary of Jahanara's career

What happened

According to distinguished Dawn columnist, Ardeshir Cowasjee, "The murderer was a guest at Zahoor's flat. A disciple and a frequent visitor at the shrine of Shah Jamal, he himself can find no reason for what he did. When asked why, after having shot four and killed two, he did not feel he should turn the gun upon himself, his answer was that the tenets of his religion may not prevent him from killing others but they do prevent him from killing himself".

Professor Zahoor ul Akhlaq had been Professor of Art, heading the Fine Arts faculty of the National College of Arts, Lahore, until his retirement, as well as being a civil rights activist. He had also taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His daughter, Jahanara, was at 24, a celebrated classical dancer specialising in Kathak. Seriously injured were her fiancée, Mr. Alnoor, and a guest at the home, Anwar Saeed. The killer's name was Shahbaz.

The Dawn newspaper account of the tragedy

The Dawn obituary

Ardeshir Cowasjee's tribute

LAAL - Celebrating the National Treasures of Pakistan - see pages focussing on the art and life of art of Zahoor ul Akhlaq

Messages and memories

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