Aleeza Sharif, the daughter of the late journalist Arshad Sharif, has made her debut as a TV reporter, continuing her father’s influential legacy. Aleeza has joined ARY News, the same channel where her father hosted the acclaimed show Power Play.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Aleeza has chosen a career in journalism, despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her father’s untimely death.
Her first news package for ARY News gained significant attention on social media, with colleagues, social media users, and activists applauding her courage and determination to pursue a path in journalism. She covered a mango festival in Islamabad.
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Shahbaz Gill, a prominent leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan, shared a clip of Aleeza’s debut report and expressed his joy at her entry into the field of reporting. He praised her decision and extended his best wishes for her future, while also paying tribute to her late father and acknowledging his remarkable contributions to journalism.
Arshad Sharif’s passing in October of the previous year left a void in the journalism community. Prior to his departure from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates and Nairobi, he had raised concerns about harassment. Following his tragic death, the Pakistani government took action by engaging with UAE authorities, and the Supreme Court initiated an inquiry, although the resolution of the case remains uncertain despite assurances from top officials.
As Aleeza embarks on her journalistic journey, she carries her father’s legacy of truth, integrity, and dedication to delivering reliable news. Her decision to enter the field of journalism, despite the risks and challenges faced by media personnel in Pakistan, demonstrates her bravery and determination to carry forward her father’s work in providing accurate and valuable information to the public.