A surat journalist who has covered the city for more than three decades has died after suffering a stroke.
Mohammed Shafiq was 53.
He was one of the city’s best-known and most influential local journalists.
Born in a poor Muslim village in southern Surat, he studied journalism at the University of the West Indies.
He covered the war in Afghanistan and later became a correspondent for The Associated Press, a U.S.-based news agency.
The family confirmed his death in a statement late Monday.
Surat’s mayor, Sheikh Abdurrahman, said Shafiqs family was “deeply saddened” by the news.
He described Shafiqi as a “great reporter” and a “strongman.”
The family said Shafias death “will mark a very sad day for Surat.”
The Associated Press said Shafaqi was a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covered the U.K.’s Royal Air Force during the Falklands War and other conflicts.
The AP also said Shafeq was the most widely read local journalist in the country.
He wrote the award-winning book, “Inside Surat: Life in the City,” about the city in 1980.
The book, which was published in 1984, has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Shafiq has also written books on the culture of the village and the culture in the surrounding mountains, a memoir called “Surat: The Story of a City,” and a new biography.
He also wrote a history of the town, “The Surat City,” which was based on his personal experience.
His obituary on The Associated