Tarek Fatah, a renowned Canadian journalist of Pakistani descent and well-known television personality, passed away on Monday, April 24. He was 73. The Canadian author lost her fight with cancer after a protracted illness. Natasha Fatah, his daughter, took to Twitter to confirm her father’s passing.
“Lion of Punjab,” she penned.Indian descendant; son of Hindustan.A Canadianaphile.Truth teller, orator. Advocate for fairness. Rallying cry for the marginalized and oppressed. After @TarekFatah, we have a new leader. The revolution he started will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. Will you come along?
On November 20, 1949, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, Tarek Fatah entered the world. He moved to Canada in the early 1980s and has since been active there as a journalist, TV personality, and political activist. Some of the works he’s written are titled “The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism” and “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State.”
Mr. Fatah was well-known for his liberal outlook on Islam and his combative attitude against Pakistan. An “Indian born in Pakistan” and a “Punjabi born into Islam,” he identified as both.
Online memorials to him began up shortly after his passing. ”Too hard to process, Tarek Fatah is gone,” one user commented. My dear comrade, mentor, and cousin, may you rest in peace. A future reunion awaits us! As in, “Om Shanti”
“Deeply saddened to know this,” actor Ranvir Shorey said. I would rank him as both a courageous and wise person. His noble soul has gone to be with the Lord. He exceeded his fair share of good deeds. Please accept my deepest sympathies on behalf of myself and the many people around the world who were fans of his work.
Who Was Tarek Fatah?
Fatah arrived in Canada in the early 1980s after being born in Pakistan in 1949. Author of various publications, including “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State” and “The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism,” he has worked as a political activist, journalist, and television broadcaster in Canada.
Fatah, who has a massive online following, was known for his liberal views on Islam and his outspoken criticism of Pakistan. He was also the target of death threats from extremist groups because of his beliefs.
Fatah was imprisoned twice by Pakistan’s military government between 1960 and 1970. In 1977, General Zia-ul Haq accused him of sedition and forbade him to work as a journalist in the country. He emigrated to Canada in 1987.
Fateh wrote on his blog, “I am a Muslim born in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth. I am an Indian born in Pakistan, a Punjabi born in Islam.”
For its part, Fatah has spoken out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, its treatment of religious minorities, and its purported support for terrorist organizations. He was vocal in his support for Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership in India.
Canada Mourns The Loss Of Pakistani-Born Journalist Tarek Fatah
According to his daughter’s social media posts, Pakistani-Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah, a self-described “Midnight’s Child” born on November 20, 1949, in Karachi, is known for his harsh criticisms of Islamic extremism and the Pakistani establishment,
a celebrated advocate for queer rights, and a frequent tweeter of misinformation during 2020’s anti-CAA protests died of cancer today. A 73-year-old Fatah. Tweets of condolences rushed in. Dattatreya Hosabale, the general secretary of the RSS, praised Tarek Fatah as a “prominent thinker, author, and commentator” in an article. His contributions to both the media and the literary world will be long remembered.
To the end of his life, he remained true to his convictions and views, earning him a reputation for boldness and conviction. In a statement, actor Anupam Kher said, “Deeply heartbroken to know of the death of my buddy, a true Indian at heart, a bravest and kind-hearted man.
Indeed, [Tarek Fatah’s] bravery was contagious! Director Vivek Agnihotri penned, “There was one and only Tarek Fatah – bold, witty, knowledgeable, a brilliant thinker, a great orator, and a fearless warrior. Tarek, my brother, it was great fun to have you as a buddy.
During the anti-CAA protests in 2018, Fatah tweeted a 2018 communally charged video from Udaipur, claiming it was recently recorded in Delhi. During the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections, Fatah tweeted a 2018 photo of a doctored photo of a madrassa teacher teaching children that Islam is superior to Hinduism before AltNews debunked it.
Canadian author who lost her cancer struggle. Tarek Fatah, a popular Canadian television host and journalist of Pakistani descent, passed away on April 24 at the age of 73. The Canadian author lost her fight with cancer after a protracted illness.