Veteran NSF activist passes away in Karachi

Rasheed Hasan Khan was a communist student leader in 1970s and had spearheaded the progressive student organisation


News Desk April 30, 2016
Ex-president NSF Pakistan Rasheed Hassan Khan (Right) with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Meraj Mohammad Khan at Dow Medical College on 15 February, 1967. PHOTO: JAVED BAIG, NSF

Former students' rights activist and ex-president of National Students Federation (NSF) Rasheed Hassan Khan passed away on Saturday.

Rasheed, who had suffered heart attacks in the past two years owing to a chronic cardiac condition, passed away Saturday morning at his residence.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Rasheed’s former colleague in his student days Azhar Jameel expressed his heart-felt condolence and grief over the death of the "stalwart of students’ movement in 1960s and 70s during the dictatorship of Ayub Khan”.

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Rasheed Hasan Khan was a communist student leader in 1970s and had spearheaded the progressive student organisation – NSF – after his comrade Meraj Mohammad Khan joined Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to establish Pakistan Peoples Party.

“Meraj Mohammad and I are grieved by the death of our comrade who fought against tyranny and a dictatorial regime in a country where not many come out on streets against injustice,” Jamil said.

Rasheed, who was a doctor by profession, was vocal while heading the NSF when it started a movement against Ayub Khan’s dictatorial regime.

His soyem will be held tomorrow (Sunday) at Gillani Mosque near Civic Centre, Hasan Square, Karachi after Asar prayers.

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