Islamabad: The founder and chief editor of Balochistan Syed Fasieh Iqbal passed away yesterday on 20th February 2014 due to illness. Fasieh was also the president of All Pakistani newspaper and the council of Pakistan Newspaper editors. He will be buried in Quetta on Saturday (February 22).

Tributes were paid by Malik Siraj Akbar to Fasieh. In an obituary titled: R.I.P Balochistan Rupert Murdoch. Siraj wrote: “He was one such a man in Balochistan who started selling newspaper on a bicycle to the ownership of the province’s most profitable newspaper inspired people to believe that hard work paid off and newspaper could still bring profit.

Syed Fasieh IqbalFasieh also had his share of critics. He had few enemies but more people who felt jealous from him. He was one of the Balochistan’s most widely recognized figures across Pakistan. Fasieh launched Zamana from Quetta in 1954 as a weekly which became a daily newspaper in 1958. In 1974 he started the Balochistan Times which became the most circulated English newspaper of the province.