Famous chef Zubaida Tariq passes away in Karachi

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Famed chef, cooking expert, and television personality Zubaida Tariq passed away Thursday night here in Karachi.

With her often surprising solutions to everyday problems, Zubaida Apa had worked her way into the hearts of millions of TV viewers in Pakistan and overseas.

The deceased chef had nine siblings including some very famous names such as playwright Fatima Surayya Bajiya, poetess Zehra Nigah and her famous brother Anwar Maqsood, who is one of the leading satirists and actors of the country.

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Of late, Zubaida was working with Masala TV and her cooking programme "Handi" had been the most watched cooking show of Pakistan. Born on April 4, 1945, in Hyderabad Deccan during the British India, she was the first celebrity cook of Pakistan - and was as popular for her totkas (housekeeping advice/hacks) as she was for her recipes.

According to Zubaida Aapa's family, her funeral prayers and burial will take place after Jumma prayers. She was a household name, thanks to her wonderful expertise in cooking. She lovingly came to be known as Zubaida Aapa.

With a formal-sounding name Mrs. Zubaida Tariq, Aapa made her TV debut back in 1996 when she was in her 50s.

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