Tariq Aziz was a television show host Pakistani film actor and politician. He got famous from a Quiz show Neelam Ghar broadcasted first in 1974. Later it was named as the Tariq Aziz Show and later known by Bazm e Tariq Aziz show. This show was lasted for over 35 years. He was also a member of the National assembly of Pakistan between 1997 to 1999.
Tariq Aziz was born in 1936. His family was from Jalandhar, British India. He got his early education from Jalandhar. In 1947 his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Sahiwal. In 1960, he started his career at Radio Pakistan, Lahore. Tariq Aziz was the first male PTV host in 1964 when Pakistan started its initial television broadcast.
Tariq Aziz was also a film actor. He worked with many legends of Pakistan like Waheed Murad and Zeba G. he worked along with Waheed Murad and film actress Zeba in a Pakistani film “Insaniyat” in 1967. He also played a role in “Haar Gaya Insaan” which is also a Pakistani film. He also worked in many Pakistani films and played a side role. One of his famous films was Salgira(1969).it was a very successful musical movie and won two Nigar Awards. In 1996 he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from Lahore as a member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party.
He was one of the first TV anchors to achieve commercial success using the platform of Quiz Show Neelam Ghar / Tariq Aziz Show. In his shows, he interviewed many notable intellectuals, sports personalities, and celebrities. He appeared as a guest in a game show “Inaam Ghar” in Pakistan and answered all the questions asked by the host and became the first man to do this. He did this without any help which is provided to all participants by these game shows. After that, he donated all the prizes to an organization that works for the welfare of people.
Tariq Aziz was active in student politics during his college days and joined Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party in 1970. In those days, Tariq Aziz was called a “firebrand socialist” who was known to charge the crowd with revolutionary slogans at Bhutto’s rallies. However, he later split from the party and returned to the entertainment world. In 1996, Tariq Aziz joined the PML-N and was elected as a member of the Pakistan National Assembly from Lahore. He was one of the political activists that were accused of attacking the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in 1997.
During the ruling period of President Pervez Musharraf, he joined his political party Pakistan Muslim League (Q). However, he could not get any note status in this party and he was sidelined. Once again, he goes back to the entertainment industry. But this time after 2002, his career in the entertainment industry did not reach the highs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s due to tough competition by many TV channels in Pakistan.
Tariq Aziz was a philanthropist, a book lover, and excellent in reciting poetry. In 2018, a major English-language Pakistani newspaper reported on him, “he (Tariq Aziz) shared that having children or no children is God’s will and since he has no children of his own, he wants to give all his earnings for the welfare of his country. Aziz has won the hearts of many people by declaring his will and he is certainly a model for all of us.
He was awarded by the pride of performance award by the president of Pakistan in 1992 for his services.
He died on 17 June 2020 Lahore. he was admitted to a private hospital in Lahore due to a critical situation on 16 June. He died in the age of 84 years.