Pakistani comedian dies during Indo-Pak cricket show

Karachi, March 31 A Pakistani comedian died while participating in a TV show organised for the Pakistan-India World Cup semifinal match that India went on to win, a media report said Thursday.

Daily Times reported that comedian Liaqat Soldier, 55, died due to heart attack here Wednesday.

The comedian was taking part in a special show of a local TV channel when he suffered the heart attack and died on his way to hospital.

India beat Pakistan by 29 runs at the match held in Mohali which was witnessed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. The meeting between Gilani and Manmohan Singh has been dubbed cricket diplomacy.

India will now play against Sri Lanka in Mumbai Saturday in the finals.

Liaqat started his career as an actor in 1973 and performed in over 250 television plays, besides numerous stage dramas across the globe during his 38-year career.

His first movie was 'Qaid' while his first drama was 'Tum Kia Jano'. He also worked in several parody movies.

Liaquat, who performed in different countries, including India, also wrote and directed about 50 dramas.