Rahimullah Yusufzai (رحیم اللہ یوسُفزئی) (10 September 1954 – 9 September 2021) was a Pakistani journalist, political and security analyst, best known for having interviewed Osama bin Laden, and Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. He was a war correspondent.
رحیم اللہ یوسُفزئی
|Born||September 10, 1954|
Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
|Died||September 9, 2021(aged 66)|
|Language||Pashto, Udru, English|
|Alma mater||D. J. Sindh Government Science College|
University of Karachi
|Notable works||interviewed Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar|
|Notable awards||Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2005)|
Early life and educationEdit
Yusufzai was born on 10 September 1954 in Pakistan in Shamozai village of Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He received his early education at his village primary school and then in public schools in Peshawar and Jhelum. Rahimullah also studied at the D J Sindh Science College and the University of Karachi.
Yusufzai was among the first journalists to report on the Taliban and visited Kandahar, Afghanistan in 1995. He was one of the few bona fide experts on Afghanistan, having reported on the country since the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union. In 2016, he also frequently appeared on Geo News TV channel as a news analyst. He was the editor of the Jang Group's The News International at the Peshawar Bureau and was an op-ed writer for the monthly Newsline. Rahimullah is especially noted for holding the last interview with Osama bin Laden. He also served as Time's Pakistan correspondent. Rahimullah was also a correspondent of BBC's Pashto and Urdu services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Awards and recognitionEdit
Yusufzai was considered an authority on Afghan affairs and on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Acknowledging his achievements in journalism, the government of Pakistan first awarded him the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) in 2005. Then he received Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan for his achievement in the field of journalism on 23 March 2010.
Yusufzai died from cancer on 9 September 2021. His funeral prayer was offered in his hometown Inzargi, Katlang, Mardan District and laid to rest on 10 September 2021. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan, Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Federal Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and others offered condolences upon his death.
- https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26072034, Profile of Rahimullah Yusufzai on BBC News website, Retrieved 14 September 2016
- Fisk, Robert (23 March 2010). "Rahimullah Yusufzai: 'The Taliban respect me. I was the first journalist to visit them'". The Independent newspaper. London. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "Behind the news, the truth can be deadly". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. 20 March 2010., Retrieved 14 September 2016
- http://www.dawn.com/news/943236/list-of-civil-award-winners, Rahimullah Yusufzai's Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 16 August 2009, Retrieved 13 September 2016
- "Renowned journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai passes away". The Express Tribune. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
- "Senior Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai passes away after prolonged illness". The Indian Express. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
- "Veteran journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai passes away". www.thenews.com.pk.
- "وزیراعظم عمران خان اور آرمی چیف کا رحیم اللہ یوسفزئی کے انتقال پر اظہار افسوس". urdu.geo.tv.
- https://archive.org/details/PakistaniJournalistRahimullahYusufzaiOnFaisalShahzadAndHisBreakingnewsfromthetribalregion, Published 5 May 2010, Retrieved 14 September 2016
- http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=616276&sid=SAS, Article on 'Z' news, Retrieved 14 September 2016
- http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/apr/03/osama-bin-laden-is-alive-says-pak-journalist.htm, Published 3 April 2010, Retrieved 14 September 2016
- http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/the-implications-of-colonel-imam%E2%80%99s-murder-in-pakistan, Article written by Rahimullah Yusufzai on CTC Sentinel, Published 1 April 2011, Retrieved 14 September 2016
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/sep/26/afghanistan.terrorism3 Article about Yusufzai's interviews with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, The Guardian newspaper, Published 25 September 2001, Retrieved 14 September 2016