Leader of Sindhi nationalist party Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Bashir Qureshi passed away in the early hours of Saturday in Sakrand after complaining of chest pains. The exact cause of death is yet to be determined.
Qureshi, a follower of iconic nationalist G M Syed, was en route from Sakrand to Larkana and reportedly complained of chest pains after dinner. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Business activity came to a standstill in Sindh and exams were cancelled in several districts. Qureshi’s party, the JSQM, has called for a three-day mourning period. Qureshi’s funeral prayers and burial took place in Ratodero, Larkana district on Saturday evening. The nationalist leader is survived by his spouse, four daughters and three sons.
Qureshi, who was in his early 50s, began his political career when he joined the Jeay Sindh Students Federation while he was enrolled at the Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam. He played an active role in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy during General Ziaul Haq’s regime. The deceased leader’s party recently organised an Independence March in Karachi which was attended by hundreds of thousands of people across the province.
Condolences poured in from key political leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Peoples Party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain, the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashidi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan and the vice-chancellor of Qureshi’s alma mater.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.
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