- Sunday, 06 January 2013 13:53
- Hits: 787
Islamabad, 23 Safar 1434/ 06 January 2013 (IINA) – World renowned Muslim religious leader of Pakistan and former Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Qazi Hussain Ahmed passed away here Saturday night. He was 74. The funeral prayer for the veteran leader will be offered today at 3 PM in Jinnah Park, Peshawar, Geo news reported.
Qazi, who was suffering from a heart disease and asthma, was shifted to Islamabad from Peshawar for specialized treatment a couple of days back, said his son Asif Luqman Qazi. “On Saturday night his condition deteriorated and he was driven to a nearby hospital but medics could not resuscitate him,” he added. Qazi is survived by his wife, two sons and daughters. Qazi Hussain was the longest-serving chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan and a former member of both houses of parliament. He was elected Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1987 and continued to serve in that capacity, getting re-elected four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003). In 2008, however, he did not run for the office and subsequently Syed Munawwar Hassan was elected to succeed Qazi. Rightly dubbed as the most popular JI chief, he was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian and advocate of Islamic democracy.
Qazi was born in 1938 in the house of Maulana Qazi Muhammad Abdul Rab at Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Distt. Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. After completing early education at home, Qazi Hussain Ahmad took admission in Islamia College, Peshawar and after that got his Masters of Science degree in Geography from Peshawar University. He served as lecturer for three years. His affiliation with the Islamic Movement started in his school days when he joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, Pakistan. He became member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1970 and was elected to the office of President of its Peshawar branch. He served Jamaat-e-Islami as Secretary and then Ameer of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. He was raised to the office of Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1978.
Qazi Hussain Ahmad was first elected as member of the Senate in 1986 for a six-year term. In March 1992, he was re-elected to the upper house of parliament. However, he resigned in 1996 in protest against the “corrupt political system”. In the 2002 general elections, Qazi was elected as a member of the National Assembly from his native constituency of NA-5 Nowshera. He served as the parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
According to political analysts, Qazi’s death is a great loss to the Islamic movement in Pakistan. “Qazi Sahib put up a resilient fight against corruption in the country,” said JI senior leader Liaquat Baloch. Another JI leader Professor Ibrahim praised Qazi as the most proactive leader of the party who mobilized the party at home and introduced it abroad. In his last days, he was heading the Milli Yakjehti Conference and recently he helped organize an international conference in Islamabad which was attended by leading Islamic scholars from Muslim states. He was also at the forefront of Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a bloc of rightwing parties opposed to the US-led war in Afghanistan.