Mehdi Hassan, the legendary Pakistani ghazal maestro born in India, passed away at a Karachi hospital Wednesday, June 13, and his son Arif Mehdi says that the funeral will take place Friday. “My father’s funeral will take place Friday in Karachi,” said Arif on phone from Karachi, adding that they have yet to finalise the place. “We have asked for the permission from the government to bury him at Quaid-e-Azam mazar (Mazar-e-Quaid) in Karachi, but we are waiting for the approval,” he added. Hassan, known for ghazals like Ranjish hi sahi, Patta patta, boota boota, passed away at Karachi’s Agha Khan Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 84. “My father’s condition started deteriorating early morning and he breathed his last around 12:15 in the afternoon. All his children were by his side during his last moments. We can now just pray for his soul to rest in peace,” Arif said. He also revealed that the family will be make arrangement for his father’s fans to pay their last respects to him. “We will definitely make special arrangements for his fans, who want to see him for the last time,” he added.
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