NEW DELHI — Chief Editor of Munsif, the largest circulated Urdu newspaper in India published from Hyderabad, Khan Lateef Mohammed Khan, passed away after a brief illness in Chicago in the United States early on Friday. He was 80.
He left behind grieving wife, two sons and four daughters.
Khan brought about a revolutionary change in Urdu publications in Hyderabad by re-introducing the Munsif newspaper in colour print 23 years ago.
Khan lived in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad and had left for Chicago a fortnight ago.
He was laid to rest in a local burial ground in Chicago on Friday..
Beside being a well know journalist and social activist, Khan Lateef Mohammed Khan was chairman of the Sultan Uloom Educational Society and was instrumental in setting up schools across Hyderabad wherein hundreds of children from poor families are pursuing education at a nominal fee.
Khan was also involved in various social activities both in India and the United States and was a leading member of various social organisations. His son Aslam Mohd Khan is a noted doctor in Chicago.
Prominent personalities including journalists, educationists and social activists and his admirers sent condolences to the bereaved family.
In his condolence message, Prof. S M Rahmatullah, Vice Chancellor in charge, Maulana Azad National Urdu University has expressed his deep sorrow and paid glowing tribute to Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan’s pioneering contribution in promoting Urdu journalism, describing him as a trend-setting editor.
Through the revival of Urdu daily Munsif in late 1997 he gave a new direction to Urdu journalism, said Prof. Rahmatullah.
Prof. Siddiqui Mohammad Mahmood, Registrar in-charge, in his condolence statement, mentioned the close association of Mr Khan with Urdu University.
Mr. Khan Lateef Khan visited MANUU on its foundation day in 2006 as a chief guest and also delivered a lecture. Describing him as the doyen of Urdu journalism Prof. Siddiqui reminded that he had instituted Khan Lateef Khan Gold Medal for the toppers of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of MANUU to encourage the professional Urdu journalists. His support to MANUU specially in its formative years was enormous.
Prof. Rahmatullah and Prof. Mahmood Siddiqui conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and staff of Munsif daily newspaper.