KARACHI: Veteran Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) loyalist Muhammad Ahmed Jalil died on Sunday after a prolonged illness, leaving behind a widow, two sons and as many daughters.
Jalil, husband of prominent MQM-Pakistan leader Nasreen Jalil, remained associated with the party since 1987 as the couple made entry into it together. In the 1990s election, he won a provincial assembly seat from PIB Colony, whereas he was assigned the portfolio of education minister in the same year. Later on, he worked on several key assignments in the provincial government as excise minister and adviser on health and finance to the chief minister in different spells.
Senior MQM-Pakistan leader Aminul Haq described Jalil as an energetic person who remained steadfast till his last breath to the cause that the MQM has advocated for since its inception. "Besides holding important portfolios, Jalil played a crucial role in the country's politics, particularly in representing MQM in major political events," Haq said, referring to Jalil's role in one of the crucial agreements between two political giants, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
In a statement, MQM-Pakistan head Farooq Sattar deplored over his comrade's demise and said the void that has been created after him cannot be filled. "Every member of the MQM is saddened by his death and extends condolence to the bereaved family," he said. "His service to the party will never be forgotten. His role always remained in line of principle."
Jalil's funeral prayer was offered at Sultan Masjid in Defence Housing Authority. He was buried in the Gizri graveyard.
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