LAHORE: Pakistani veteran actress and radio presenter Begum Khursheed Shahid passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.
Her son and actor Salman Shahid confirmed her death. She was placed on the ventilator after suffering a cardiac arrest and had been in the hospital for some time. Her funeral prayers of the deceased will be offered at 4PM today (Sunday) in Defence Phase 2 of Lahore.
Begum Khursheed started her career in Delhi at the age of nine as a singer and actor at All India Radio and received training from renowned musicians.
She migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and performed in Lahore theatre. She joined PTV in 1964, and acted in some of the best dramas for the next two decades. Some of her popular dramas include Zabar Pesh, Uncle Arfi, Karan Kahani, Parchain and Dhand.
She was awarded one of the highest civil awards, Pride of Performance, in 1984. She disassociated with television in the 1990s as she felt that the medium was in a state of decline.
Begum Khurshid Shahid was also an official of the All Pakistan Women’s Association and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Excellence in 1984.