KARACHI: The funeral prayers of senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former federal minister Jahangir Badar were offered on Monday. The senior politician died of cardiac arrest in Lahore late Sunday night.
According to family sources, the former senator was admitted to a private hospital after he suffered a heart attack, where he passed away. He was 72.
Badar was a senior leader, and had served as PPP’s secretary general, among other positions in the party. He was one of the most die-hard workers, who started his political career as a student. He became a member National Assembly from Lahore in 1988, and also served as a Cabinet minister under Benazir Bhutto.
In 2010, he was acquitted by the National Accountability Bureau in cases of misuse of authority and illegal appointments.
“He relentlessly worked and fought for PPP… struggled heroically and was imprisoned during dictator Zia’s rule but stood by Benazir Bhutto,” said former President Asif Zardari in a statement.
Bilawal Bhutto announces 3-day mourning period
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed grief over the demise of Badar and announced a three-day mourning period for the party.
Bilawal stated that Badar was a jiyala par excellence who fought against ruthless martial laws from the forefront, braved imprisonments and torture, but stood steadfast and committed to Bhuttoism under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and through the party’s struggle till date.