By Ruby Hyder
Dr. Qaisar Abbas, a figure born in Pakistan, marked an illustrious journey characterized by academic prowess, prolific contributions to journalism, and an indelible mark on literature. His narrative unveils a life dedicated to education, communication, and the intersection of society and media.
Hailing from a lineage linked to Syed Bakshish Abbas Rizvi and Fatima Tauqir, his academic odyssey commenced with a Master’s in Journalism from Punjab University. Subsequently, he immersed himself in the realm of information, shaping his career at Pakistan Television as a News Producer and later as an Information Officer to the Minister of Education in Punjab.
The quest for knowledge transcended borders, leading him to the United States in 1981. His academic pursuits flourished as he obtained a Master’s degree from Iowa State University, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Harnessing this academic foundation, Dr. Abbas ventured into the realm of education, contributing as a teacher of Mass Communication while assuming pivotal administrative roles in various American universities.
His research interests were diverse, spanning political and international communication, development broadcasting, poetry, resistance, and postcolonial South Asia. Dr. Abbas was an avid contributor to both academic journals and newspapers, expressing his insights in English and his native language, Urdu.
Beyond academia, his literary endeavors thrived, establishing him as a published Urdu poet and chief editor for JeddoJehad. His editorial footprint expanded further as a co-editor of “From Terrorism to Television: Dynamics of State, Media, and Society in Pakistan” (Routledge, 2020).
Dr. Abbas’s impact extended beyond scholarly pursuits. He ardently engaged with various organizations and notably served as the Executive Director for South Asia Democracy Watch. Establishing Awan-e-Urdu in Orlando, FL, showcased his commitment to fostering a community devoted to Urdu poetry.
ragically, his life was cut short, leaving behind a legacy that resonates through his final literary contribution, “Umeed e Sahar Ki Nbaat,” a manuscript dedicated to his granddaughters, Iman and Noor Rizvi. Dr. Abbas is survived by his wife, Dr. Saleha Suleman, his twin sons, Shahryar Rizvi and Shahrzad Rizvi, as well as his siblings, Manzar Abbas, Kosar Abbas, Yawar Abbas, Haider Abbas, and Rana Khurshid.
Dr. Qaisar Abbas’s journey exemplifies a tapestry woven with academic brilliance, literary finesse, and an unwavering commitment to fostering knowledge, communication, and community, leaving an indelible mark on multiple spheres of influence.