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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tariq Aziz is a Pakistani television host known for his work on the general-knowledge quiz show Neelam Ghar

Tariq Aziz (born April 28, 1936) is a Pakistani television host known for his work on the general-knowledge quiz show Neelam Ghar, later renamed the Tariq Aziz Show and now known as Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz. Neelam Ghar first aired in 1975. Aziz received his early education in Sahiwal before starting his career at Radio Pakistan Lahore. When Pakistan started its Television telecast in 1964 from Lahore, Aziz was the first male PTV announcer. He was the first man to be seen on a Pakistan television (PTV) broadcast. Aziz, along with Zeba, starred in "Insaniyat", a Pakistani film. Aziz also starred in another Pakistani film "Haar Gaya Insaan". Aziz has appeared on several local television programs and morning shows. He has also organized telethons for charity purposes. In 1996, Aziz was elected to the National Assembly from Lahore as a member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz (formerly Neelam Ghar and Tariq Aziz Show) is a game show which comprises many quizzes. hosted by Tariq Aziz on PTV from 1975[2] to the 1990s. It recommenced with the title Tariq Aziz Show in 1997 and in 2006 took the name Bazm e Tariq Aziz. The show celebrated its fortieth anniversary in October 2010 and in February 2012 it celebrated its 300th episode. It is the oldest television show in Pakistan. With only a few interruptions it has continuously run for the last 35 years on PTV and it has been hosted by Tariq Aziz since its first day.

Neelam Ghar was the first television show in South Asia to have mass audience participation, commercial sponsorships for specific questions or question rounds, and extravagant prizes. Major corporations like Hitachi were prominent sponsors of the show.

Tariq Aziz has a very unique speaking style. He belongs to Sahiwal but now he lives in Lahore. "He is probably the most recognised PTV personality in Pakistan.” said former director of public relations and former press attaché to Bangladesh, Mohammed Hussain Malik. "His show in Bangladesh was a complete success. Bengalis who did not know any Urdu watched his show. He did four shows and all were completely sold out.”

Aarif Rana was the creator and the first producer of Neelam Ghar. It is organised by Pakistan Television Corporation in Hall no. 2, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore. Other Producers include Hafeez Tahir, Ayub Khawar, Syed Zahid Uzair, Farrukh Bashir, Aagha Zulfiqar Farrukh, Aagha Qaisar, Tajdar Aadil.