The Janaza prayers of Arshad Mahmood Chaudhary, a New York-based senior journalist and bureau chief of Urdu daily Pakistan, who passed away of COVID-19 at a Brooklyn hospital on Sunday, January 30, was held on Monday, January 31 at Masjid Omar in Brooklyn. His body was being airlifted to Pakistan where her will bee laid to rest in his hometown of Sahiwal.
Chaudhary tested positive in the first week of January. He went into isolation and also started receiving some treatment. But a few days later, his oxygen level started going down. He went to Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center where he was admitted for treatment. However, on the fifth day at the hospital, his oxygen level came down to dangerous level. He was put on a ventilator and four days later he passed away of cardiac arrest.
Arshad Chaudhary was on of the most active community journalists based in New York. His Urdu columns appeared in many of Pakistani community publications. He leaves behind a widow and a son to mourn his death.
Chaudhary’s death left his friends and well-wishers shocked and saddened. Many took to the social media and WhatsApp groups to express their condolences. Pakistan Week joins the community in mourning Arshad Chaudhary’s death and prays that may Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah. Ameen