Renowned broadcaster ZA Bukhari being remembered today
Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari was born in 1904 in Peshawar. He came to Lahore after passing his matriculation exam. His elder brother Patras Bokhari, one of Urdu's finest humorists, lived there. The younger Bukhari completed his studies there.
Z.A. Bukhari also took part in theatrical activities. After the launch of newly-established All India Radio (AIR) Delhi, Bukhari was appointed at the station as program director. In 1939, Bukhari, as a station director of AIR Delhi, got transferred to Bombay. After independence of Pakistan, he was made Radio Pakistan’s first director-general. Later on he served as Pakistan Television’s general manager.
Bukhari was a workaholic. With his indefatigable energies and love for broadcasting he worked at the radio station till late into the night. Bukhari especially emphasized the correct Urdu pronunciation. During Bukhari’s tenure, the radio station was a place frequented by intellectuals, writers, musicians, poets and scholars. He turned Radio Pakistan into an institution where raw hands got their early training and went ahead in search of greener pastures.
Syed Ghulam Husain Jafri has authored a book on Bokhari called "Baba-e-Nasharyaat: Marconi say Bokhari Tak". In this book the author has traced the history of radio from its invention to establishment of BBC, All India Radio and Radio Pakistan and has tried to narrate the biography of Mr Z.A Bukhari. Mirza Zafar-ul-Hasan compiled Yad-i-Yar-i-Mehrban, a book on Bukhari. Both the publications contain Bukhari’s satire columns and some transcriptions of his broadcasts, including the rare ones broadcast by him in Urdu from the BBC during his stay in London.
Bukhari’s other books include Sarguzasht, an autobiography, Jo Kuchh Main Ne Kaha, a collection of his verses and Raag Darya, a book on music.
Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari died in Karachi on July 12, 1975.