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.
He relentlessly worked and fought for PPP, he struggled heroically and was imprisoned during dictators Zia's rule but stood by SMBB -AZ
— AsifAliZardari (@AAliZardari) November 13, 2016
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 13, 2016
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) November 13, 2016
Heartbroken over the passing of Uncle Jahangir Bader a true Jiyala
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) November 13, 2016
Sadly Jahangir Badar leaves us today Recognised for empowering Political workers and in mobilising people for democracy Leader and worker
— Asma Jahangir (@Asma_Jahangir) November 13, 2016
Sad news. May he rest in peace. https://t.co/PKC5k90BSg
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) November 13, 2016
Shocking news about Jahangir Bader-A committed political worker who made his way up from lower rung of politics. May his soul rest in peace!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 13, 2016
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.