Islamabad: Pakistani newspapers Sunday paid tributes to veteran journalist Majid Nizami, who died Saturday in a hospital in Lahore. He expressed his strong views against India`s nuclear tests and the Kashmir issue.
"On India-Pakistan affairs, he took a hard line. When India conducted nuclear explosions in May 1998, he pleaded for a prompt Pakistani response," said a Dawn editorial.
Nizami was 86 and hospitalised for severe chest infection for the past three weeks. He was the editor-in-chief of the Nawai Waqt Group.
He was honoured with the highest state award for civilians, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, for his services, and also with other distinctions for his commitment to the Kashmir cause, which arose from his conviction that a Pakistan without this territory would always be incomplete, said the News International`s editorial.
It said Nizami`s hard line views opposing India were criticized.
"Famously derisive of good relations with India and devoted to the idea of pan-Islamism, Majid Nizami was staunchly and unabashedly of a politically conservative bent," said the Nation`s editorial.