Television and Stage actor/Comedian
Liaquat Ali (1952 – 30 March 2011), better recognized by his stage name Liaquat Soldier, was a renowned Pakistani stage and television comedy actor, writer as well as director. He was born in 1952, began his acting career in 1973. Soldier attributed in more than 250 plays and co-starred with a lot of well-known theatre personalities, including Moin Akhtar, Furqan Haider, Umer Sharif, Hanif Raja and Shahzad Raza. He came from a reserved, low-income family of Marwari background in Karachi. Soldier’s strange last name was given to him by his friend Nazar Hussain, a stage artist. Channels for which Soldier associated to work included PTV, Geo TV, SAMAA TV, Dhoom TV, Metro, Hum TV and ARY Digital. Out of the country, he worked in the United States, Dubai and South Africa. On 30 March 2011, he died of a heart attack, before his instantaneous death, he was apparently participating in a live TV show during an exclusive transmission of the semi-final between India and Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2011. Soldier is stayed alive by his wife, daughter and three sons. His body is buried in the old Mewa Shah graveyard located in SITE Town.
On 30 March 2011, Soldier died of a heart attack; before his immediate death, he was reportedly participating in a live TV show during a special transmission of the semi-final between India and Pakistan of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and had died by the time he was transported to the hospital His death was called “a big loss to the world of comedy dramas”, while, a friend described him as not only a good actor but a “humble, good person.” The news of his death was also announced on Cricinfo, in the commentary scorecard at the start of Pakistan’s innings in the match.
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