Today is the 18th death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan, former executive editor of The Daily Star, sports writer and commentator.
One of the leading journalists of the country, Tawfiq joined the then Pakistan Observer as a staff reporter in 1958 while he was a student of Dhaka University.
He joined The Daily Star in 1990 as its founder managing editor. He became the executive editor in 1997 and served until his death in 2001.
Tawfiq was the first English sports commentator in Bangladesh and worked in radio and television. He was also the resident editor of Cricketer Asia of Hong Kong and Sports Times of Lahore.
Tawfiq Aziz was the founder editor of the fortnightly Krira Jagat and was elected the president of Bangladesh Sports Writers' Association six times. He was a permanent member of Jatiya Press Club, and was also involved with the weekly Holiday at the initial stage of its publication.
In his versatile career, he also worked as public relations officer at the erstwhile EPIDC (East Pakistan Industries Development Corporation) and Titas Gas Corporation from 1968 to 1975. Later, he joined the Dainik Bangla and the Bichitra as the general manager.
He was a national committee member of FEMA (Fair Election Monitoring Alliance) and founder member and president of “Drama Circle”, the country's first group theatre.
Tawfiq also served as the president of Rotary Club of Dhaka North-West for two consecutive terms.