The Express Tribune’s photojournalist Huma Choudhary, 30, passed away on Saturday at a local hospital in Islamabad.
Choudhary was on an official work assignment in the United Arab Emirates where she suspected she had contracted food poisoning, according to colleagues and family who had spoken with her.
She flew back to Pakistan on Saturday morning and was taken to a hospital where she passed away. The cause of her death has not been ascertained yet.
Choudhary was a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She left a lucrative career in the financial sector to join The Express Tribune as a photojournalist in the summer of 2014. Her decision was prompted by a desire to contribute to society in a more meaningful manner and help restore a more positive image of Pakistan.
During her time with the paper, she contributed to a number of memorable photographs and stories to the paper. Beyond her contributions to the newspaper, her lively personality, desire to constantly improve, and a willingness to test herself were a source of inspiration for her co-workers.
Both as a photojournalist and as a human being, she approached life with an open spirit and a genuine kindness. Through her camera lens, she showed the world the beauty she saw through her own eyes.
Choudhary believed in the best side of people, and took great pride in being a Pakistani. Her love for her family and friends emanated from her being. She was deeply compassionate and never short of a kind thing to say. She was a loyal friend and dedicated professional.
For her co-workers, it was an honour working with Huma. She is survived by her parents, two older sisters, a younger sister, and a younger brother.