Zubaida Tariq

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Zubaida Tariq
Born (1945-04-04)4 April 1945
British India
Died 4 January 2018(2018-01-04) (aged 72)
Cause of death Heart failure
Parkinson's disease
Burial place Karachi[1]
Other names Zubaida Aapa
Zubaida Tariq Ilyas
Occupation Chef, cooking expert, health advisor
Years active 1945–2018
Spouse(s) Tariq Maqsood (m. 1966)
Children Shaha Tariq (daughter)
Hussain Tariq (son)
Saba Hussain (daughter in law)
Relatives Bahadur Yar Jung (uncle)
Anwar Maqsood (brother)
Fatima Surayya Bajia (sister)
Zehra Nigah (sister)
Bilal Maqsood (nephew)

Zubaida Tariq Ilyas (Urdu: زبیدہ طارق الیاس‎; 4 April 1945 – 4 January 2018), also commonly known as Zubaida Aapa, was a chef and cooking expert from Pakistan.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Zubaida Tariq was born on 4 April 1945 in Hyderabad Deccan, British India. Her family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. They settled in Karachi, PIB Colony, where she lived with her five older sisters and 4 brothers. In 1953, her father died. After the death of father, three of her sisters took responsibility for running the house. In 1966, Zubaida wed a first cousin, Tariq Maqsood, whom she first met in 1954. They had two children.


Originally from Hyderabad, British India, and settled in Karachi, Zubaida was born into a prominent Urdu-speaking family known for producing littérateurs, intellectuals and artists. Her maternal grand-uncle was Bahadur Yar Jung, a Muslim nationalist of the Indian subcontinent.

She had ten other siblings, the most notable of whom include sisters Fatima Surayya Bajia (an Urdu novelist and playwright) and Zehra Nigah (an Urdu poet) and a brother Anwar Maqsood (a poet, humorist, writer and entertainer).[4] A nephew Bilal Maqsood (Anwar's son) is a vocalist and guitarist for the pop rock band "Strings".[citation needed]

Medical health[edit]

Zubaida Tariq was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which had an effect on many parts of her life. She died on 4 January 2018, aged 72, from heart failure.[5]


  1. ^ "Famed chef Zubaida Tariq laid to rest in Karachi". Geo News. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Profile". 
  3. ^ "Zubaida Apa: Mistress of spices". Dawn. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Fatima Suriyya Bajiya Retrieved 1 May 2011
  5. ^ "Renowned chef Zubaida Tariq passes away in Karachi". Pakistan Today. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 

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