Profile: Shoaib Hashmi

03:00 PM | 18 May, 2023
Profile: Shoaib Hashmi

Shoaib Hashmi was Pakistan’s leading actor, director, writer and educationist. He contributed significantly to the golden era of PTV by introducing new trends in humorous and satirical writings during 1970s. Undoubtedly, he had a diverse and multi-talented personality as an actor, host, writer, educationist and entertainer.

Shoaib Hashmi was born in 1938 and he proved his mettle as a savior of PTV in the '70s. He completed his masters in economics from the Government College Lahore. Later, he went to London and did another masters from the London School of Economics and a course from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This was the decisive moment in his professional life after returning from London. In the morning, he started teaching economics at the Government College and in the evening he was entertaining the masses on PTV. Notably, Akkar Bakkar was his first production on PTV. In fact, it was rated as a desi version of Sesame Street. Thus, his performance was seen as one of the memorable performances. 

Shoaib Hashmi’s Akkar Bakkar was followed by Taal Matol and Sach Gupp shows that were more political commentaries than entertainment in early 70s. Through Taal Matol and Sach Gupp, many notable and veteran actors, including Salman Shahid, Samina Ahmed, Naveed Shahzad, Irfan Khoosat and Arshad Mahmood were introduced to TV. Farooq Qaisar, renowned director and PTV artist, was a student at the National College of Arts where Shoaib’s wife Salima Hashmi ran the show.

Suno Such Gupp Karo Gup Shup was the famous song that brought actor/musician Arshad Mahmood to the fore after he proved his worth behind the screen. Shoaib Hashmi was the one who introduced the legendary Nayyara Noor through one of his programmes on TV.

Shoaib Hashmi enjoyed a progressive period during the Bhutto era. He had to face the tyrannical era of General Ziaul Haq. Shoaib Hasmi’s TV show Balila was aired in the late '70s and it hit the martial law regime hard. Consequently, it had to be off air. Through Balila, he hammered dictatorship and exposed its ruthless and inhumane implications. He tried his best to expose Pakistani dictators’ mindset.

Being a mentor and educationist, Shaoib Hashmi served the students even in the remotest areas of Punjab and Pakistan. He was sent to Pind Dadan Khan for a couple of years. Mostly, he taught economics for many years at the Government College Lahore. Later, he taught at the Lahore School of Economics. He also delivered lectures at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) on the art of expression and acting. 

Shaoib Hashmi wrote the following comedy TV serials for Pakistan Television that were originally aired in the 1970s:

  • Akkar Bakkar (1970s comedy show that was designed to educate children and illiterate audience of Pakistan)
  • Sach Gupp (a pure comedy show)
  • Taal Matol (comedy show)
  • Balila (banned soon after it was aired in General Zia-ul-Haq’s rule)

Shaoib Hashmi wrote articles for The News International and Gulf News. He wrote extensively for the theatre and translated a few books. One of his notable translations is the book titled, “A Song For This Day: 52 Poems By Faiz Ahmed Faiz”. Salima Hashmi has made illustrations for this book. He did quite a few translations of English dramas for the local theatres due to the shortage of playwrights in Urdu.

Shaoib Hashmi was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz and the coveted President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1995.

Shaoib Hashmi’s elder brother Sohail Hashmi served in the Pakistan Navy and younger brother Humair Hashmi is a psychiatrist.

Shaoib Hashmi met Salima, daughter of legendary Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, during his theatre days and they married a few years later. The have two children together.

Salima, a painter and art teacher, served as principal of the National College of Arts and Dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Beaconhouse National University.

On May 15, 2023, Shoaib Hashmi passed away after a prolonged illness. He remained bedridden for over a decade as his health deteriorated after a brain stroke.


Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 3 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15 287.95
Euro EUR 309.9 310.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4 360.05
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices increase in Pakistan; check out today gold rates in Pakistan - 3 December 2023  

The price of gold increased by thousands of rupees due to an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 3 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,800 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,450.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs201,482, 21 karat rate costs Rs192,325 and 18k gold rate is Rs164,850.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Karachi PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Islamabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Peshawar PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Quetta PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sialkot PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Attock PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujranwala PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Jehlum PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Multan PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Bahawalpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujrat PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nawabshah PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Chakwal PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Hyderabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nowshehra PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sargodha PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Faisalabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Mirpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730


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