Qazi Hussain passes away
Salah-ud-Din, Saghar, Attique Condole Demise
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Jan 6: Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan chief and veteran politician Qazi Hussain Ahmed passed away in Islamabad this morning.
Ahmed (74) was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian, Islamic democracy advocate.
He was a strong critic of counter-terrorism policy of the United States, and was widely known for his opposition against United States participation in civil war in the neighboring Afghanistan.
Ahmed was suffering from cardiac disease for quite some time and turned critical three days ago.
Ahmed joined JI Pakistan in 1978 and was elected as the partyís Amir (chief) in 1987, a position he was re-elected to on two more occasions before finally stepping down in 2009.
Last November, he escaped an attack unhurt when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near his convoy in the Mohmand tribal agency.
The funeral prayers Ahmed were held on motorway Ring Road in Peshawar this afternoon.
A large number of political and religious leaders as well as his followers attended the funeral prayers.
Funeral prayers were led by incumbent Jamaat chief Syed Munawar Hassan whereas Syed Salah-ud-Din the chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) and other Kashmiri leaders were present on the occasion.
After the prayers his body was transported to his hometown of Baba Ziarat for burial.
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Federal Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor and Chief Minister offered condolences over the death of the veteran politician and called it a great loss.
Hailing from North Western Frontier Province (NWFP), Qazi Hussain Ahmed was born into a religious family of Qazi Muhammad Abdul Rab at Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Nowshehra in 1938. After receiving early education from his ancestors, Qazi matriculated from Islamia Collegiate School, obtained BSc degree from Islamia College and MSc in Geography from University of Peshawar in 1962.
After completing his studies, Ahmed adopted teaching profession and served as a lecturer in Jehanzaib College Swat for three years. In 1965 he left the job to become a fulltime worker of Tehreek-e-Islami. Working diligently for the organization, Qazi sought membership of the party in 1971. From 1971 onwards he served as City president Peshawar, Provincial Secretary General and the provincial chief of Jamaat-e-Islami NWFP.
In 1978 he was elevated as Secretary General of JI Pakistan. In 1987, the Partyís Central Executive Committee elected Qazi as Ameer-e-Jamaat. He continuously headed the party for more than 22 years.
Qazi Hussain Ahmad was later elected as chief of Muthida Majlis Amal (MMA), an alliance of more than half a dozen religious parties. He was elected as member of the Senate of Pakistan in 1986.
Meanwhile, Kashmiri leaders including Syed Salah-ud-Din, APHC-M convener Mehmood Ahmed Saghar and MC President Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan have expressed their deep sorrow over the sad demise of Qazi and termed it as an irreparable loss the politics of the Pakistan.
Expressing their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the Kashmiri leaders also paid eulogizing tributes to political, social and religious services of Qazi Hussain Ahmed. Referring to deceased leaderís role regarding Kashmirisí struggle, they said that Kashmir solidarity day, which is being observed on 5th of February annually, was initially proposed by Qazi Hussain in 1990.
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