Shimla: Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Himachal Journalist Forum and Press Club Shimla have condoled the death of veteran journalist PN Sharma who passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 87.
Large number of people from all walks of life including journalists paid their last respect to the departed soul who was cremated at Sanjauli.
Born in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, Sharma was an employee with the Indian Railways before resigning to join UNI news service.
A seasoned and upright person, the veteran always held onto the high values of journalism. Before he brief illness, Sharma was working with a local daily Himachal Times, an assignment he was holding for the past 18 years.
Sharmaâ€™s dedication for the profession was exemplary, says DK Pandhi, owner editor of Himachal Times. Out of 365 days in a year, Sharma even at his age would report for work on 360 days, said Pandhi.
Paying tributes to the departed soul Yoginder Kanwar, president Himachal Journalist Forum said, â€œSharma was one of the pioneers in media circles of the hill State and had covered events like the famous â€œSimla Agreementâ€ signed between India and Pakistan in July 1972.
He was an expert in legislative reporting and had guided many a youngsters in the field.