PML-F chief Pir Pagara passes away

Published: January 11, 2012

The 83 year old politician and spiritual leader passed away on Tuesday.

LONDON: Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), and spiritual leader of the ‘Hur’ jamaat passed away in London, late on Tuesday due to lung infection, Express News reported.

According to reports, his doctors in London had changed his medication and tried their best to help him recover but to no avail.

Pagara was stable for a while yesterday and was being fed through intravenous (IV) drip.

A Kingri house spokesperson said that his body is expected to be brought back to Pakistan early Thursday morning. He is expected to be buried at his ancestral shrine the same day.

Earlier the 83 year old PML-F leader was admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) on November 24, where his lungs were operated upon. Shortly afterwards, due to deteriorating condition, he was put on a ventilator.

Pagara was flown to London on a special plane on January 5, with medical equipment onboard. He was accompanied by his wife, son and PML-F president Sadruddin Rashdi, and chief khalifa of the Hur jamaat Qadir Bux Mangrio.

MQM condoles

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain condoled the death of Pir Pagara.

Hussain expressed his condolences for Pir Pagara’s death with his children, family, Khalifas and followers as well as the leaders and workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F).

In a statement issued from London, the MQM chief said that Pagara’s death was a huge tragedy and loss for the country. He added that the vacuum his death had created in politics can never be filled.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN 

Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, expressed a deep sense of grief over the sad demise of Pir Pagara.

In a condolence message to his son, Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi, Ambassador Haroon condoled with the bereaved family.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy and heritage live on,” the message said.

A slideshow on Pir Pagara’s life can be seen here.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 12:21AM

    My heart felt condolences with the bereaved family of Pir Sain Pagara (Syed Mardan Shah-II) and the Hurs.

    Pir Sain Pagara played an important role in the country’s politics and he was the center force of the politicians.

    With the death of Pir Sain Pagara, an era has also come to an end.

    A political vacuum has been created after the death of Pir Sain Pagara ad I am hopeful that one of his sons would be able to follow the footsteps of deceased father.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen.


  • Osama
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Not his biggest fan, but still sad to hear about his demise. May God rest his soul in peace. Condolences to his family.


  • Adnan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:23AM

    RIP Pir Saheb!


  • Saad
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:27AM
  • Wajeh
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:29AM

    R.I.P no doubt he is the prominent name in the Pakistani political history..


  • Kashif Iqbal
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:30AM

    RIP ! He was a prominent and influential name of Sindh but I hope there is going to be no holiday in Sindh because of death of Pir sahib.


  • Sadia
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:31AM

    innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un!!


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:33AM

    We will miss you Pir Sahib Pagara.

    You have been very kind with the poor people.

    May Allah rest his soul in peace.


  • Shehrazade
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:36AM

    It is always saddest for the family and my condolences to them. Death is the will of God, and we have to embrace it as we do all His blessings. May Allah grant Pir Sahib a lofty place in Jannat-ul-Firdous, and may his family be blessed with patience to comfort them in this very difficult time of acceptance.


  • Anwar Hasan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Tribune will not publish my true sentiments so RIP Pir sahib


  • Akbar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:12AM

    انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

    May Allah keep Pir Saheb in Jannah, Ameen. He was a gentleman. My condolence to all his family members.


  • someone
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:21AM

    انا لله وانا اليه راجعون


  • Humanity
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:22AM

    @Syed A. Mateen wrote:
    hopeful that one of his sons would be able to follow the footsteps of deceased

    While I pray for God almighty to forgive Pagara Sahib’s sins and bless the departed soul, the question remains why is the Pakistani mindset enslaved to the concept of heredity?

    This nonsense has to stop if the the poor masses are to be freed from the clutches of the feudal lords, pirs, mullahs, and their ilk. A handful of families have held the nation hostage to their political agendas driven by greed, control, and worldly gain.


  • maryam ali
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:31AM

    he is a wonderful character of political history of Pakistan. He have a his own style of analyzing the political events. He will be remember long time and i would like to pray Allah may rest his soul.


  • Talha
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Innalillahi Wainnailaihi Rojiun.


  • Asad Shairani
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:38AM

    They always say “the vacuum cannot be filled” – though rarely is it truer than today. Pir Sb would be missed dearly.


  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:38AM

    …انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

    For those who know the contribution of Pir Pagara, he will be part of Pakistan history.

    My condolences to the family.


  • Jan 11, 2012 - 1:54AM

    what vacuum has been created after his death????


  • Jan 11, 2012 - 1:56AM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    What kind of political vacuum has been created?? whats difference if he is alive or dead? May Allah rest his soul in peace


  • Jan 11, 2012 - 2:10AM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    I know Pir sahab had a significant role in the politics but by the way what political vacuum has been created after his death


  • Anees Ahmed Ghumro
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:16AM

    “May Allah give place in jannah to our late pir sahab”.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 2:28AM

    RIP pir sahib; now who will be next pir pagara!!!


  • adeel759
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:28AM

    RIP Pir Sahib.


  • Jan 11, 2012 - 2:42AM

    when the funeral will take place of pir pagara???Recommend

  • Javaid (IOK)
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:55AM

    Sad news


  • asif ali qaimkhani
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:19AM

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajeoon!
    Pakistan has lost a great pleasing personality, May God bless his soul! My heart felt condolences with the bereaved family of Pir Saien Pagara. May Allah give a lot of patience to all his family and party colleagues in this moment, and help them to take care of family and other people now in this moment and in future, Ameen


  • asif ali qaimkhani
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:24AM

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajeoon!
    Pakistan has lost a great pleasing personality,great fatherly figured son of Pakistan. May God bless his soul! My heart felt condolences with the bereaved family of Pir Saien Pagara. May Allah give a lot of patience to all his family and party colleagues in this moment, and help them to take care of family and other people now in this moment and in future, Ameen


  • A2Z
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:19AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Illaihe Rajioon


  • moeed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:49AM

    may god forgive u peer sahib my heart is weeping but i am sorry to say it is not for you it is for that little arifa karim randahawa who is very dear to this country you got a special plane at the age of 83 and that poor child is still dying in rawalpindi cmh
    may god give her health and happiness


  • HollyCow
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:51AM

    This is the problem with our society. The mods are no exception. There’s no freedom of expression. Everyone MUST follow a religious, cultural line. No exceptions. When will you ever embrace a diversity of ideas and opinions?


  • Abdul Wahab
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:17AM

    May Allah give him a place in paradise, ameen


    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:05AM

    It is a very sad news for us . He had a great influence in our politics. He was one of true pakistani who never spoke a single word against our beloved country PAKISTAN. He was the man who provide HUR force to defend our sindh border in both indo-pak wars. May Allah bless his soul.Recommend

  • Ameer Hamza
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:54PM

    What legacy has he left? None that I know about. He was a Pir to many but not all of us. He wasn’t a brilliant politician but played a middle role for many years. But death should bring prayers not antagonism.


  • Aaa
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:14AM

    What prayers and why? Or, which prayers? That may be better suited given our current national mind set…


  • Nara-e-Mastana
    Jan 13, 2012 - 11:54PM

    There are other very important things to be mentioned here. The mindset of people of Sindh is more democratic and anti feudal. Sindhis believe in Sufism to a greater extent. Thus, to suppport this point I would like to qoute one living example. In the elections of 1988 and 1990 Pir Pagara lost his own personal legacy at the hands of a young midle class politician Syed Pervez Ali Shah Jillani consecutively with a wide margin. First Shah defeated Pagaro with 88,000 margin votes and second time 78,000 votes. After that Pagara announced his retirement from contesting elections. Before Shah or after no one ever defeated Pagaro. His sons then took over electrol politics and managed one seat after contesting from five different constituencies. It is interesting that a man who had his share in every government present or past still called the shots.


  • abid
    Jan 14, 2012 - 1:17PM

    i like pir pighara sahb because he has done alot for the sindhi nation and they will remembered him as a good guy
    in future


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