Transition: Qazi Hussain Ahmed dies at 74

Published: January 6, 2013
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The most popular chief of JI served as the party’s chief for 22 years. PHOTO: EXPRESS/SAMEER RAZIQ

The most popular chief of JI served as the party’s chief for 22 years. PHOTO: EXPRESS/SAMEER RAZIQ

KARACHI: 

The former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and former lawmaker Qazi Hussain Ahmed died of cardiac arrest late Saturday night in the federal capital. He was 74.

Qazi, who was suffering from a heart disease and asthma, was shifted to Islamabad from Peshawar for specialised treatment a couple of days back, said his son Asif Luqman Qazi.

“On Saturday night his condition deteriorated and he was driven to a nearby hospital but medics could not resuscitate him,” he added. Qazi left behind wife, two sons and as many daughters to mourn his death.

He will be buried at his native village of Ziarat Kaka Saheb, in Nowshera district on Sunday.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed was elected Ameer (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1987 and continued to serve in that capacity, getting re-elected four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003).

In 2008, however, he did not run for the office and subsequently Syed Munawwar Hassan was elected to succeed Qazi. Rightly dubbed as the most popular JI chief, he was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian and advocate of Islamic democracy.

Qazi Hussain Ahmad was first elected as member of the Senate in 1986 for a six-year term. In March 1992, he was re-elected to the upper house of parliament. However, he resigned in 1996 in protest against the “corrupt political system”.

In the 2002 general elections, Qazi was elected as a member of the National Assembly from his native constituency of NA-5 Nowshera. He served as the parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).

According to political analysts, Qazi’s death is a big blow to the rightwing populist party following Professor Ghafoor Ahmed, who passed away on December 26, in Karachi.

“Qazi Sahib put up a resilient fight against corruption in the country,” said JI senior leader Liaquat Baloch. Another JI leader Professor Ibrahim praised Qazi as the most proactive leader of the party who mobilised the party at home and introduced it abroad.

In his last days, he was heading the Milli Yakjehti Conference and recently he helped organise an international conference in Islamabad which was attended by leading Islamic scholars from Muslim states. He was also at the forefront of Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a bloc of rightwing parties opposed to the US-led war in Afghanistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2013.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly termed Qazi Hussain Ahmed the longest-serving chief of the party. The error has been rectified.

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  • Cacha
    Jan 6, 2013 - 10:51AM

    May Allah give him place in Jannah..

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  • xyz
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:08AM

    RIP Qazi Hussain Ahmed

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  • Concerned
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:29AM

    RIP! We are losing honest people rapidly, need a reliable, sincere leadership to fill the big shoes of these honest characters. We need to stand united to get rid of these thugs and looters at the helm!

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  • Awais
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:30AM

    Good people are leaving us behind with uneducated corrupt lot. May Allah accept your efforts to promote the Islamic spirit in common man’s life and grant you the highest levels in Jannah! Ameen. We lost two great leaders within two weeks: Qazi Hussain Ahmad & Prof. Ghafoor!

    Innalillahi Wainna Ilaihi Raji’oon.

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  • Jan 6, 2013 - 11:51AM

    Great national loss. No other leader today comes close to his level of dedication or wisdom. May Allah rest his soul in piece and may He grant our leaders and the masses the same level of vision wisdom and dedication.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 6, 2013 - 12:07PM

    I want to compliment Qazi Hussain Ahmed in in the words Alizeh Iqbal Haider has used for her father Iqbal Haider, “He was best known for his humility, honesty, integrity and, above all, for not compromising on his principles — consequences be damned.” May Allah grant him high ranks in jannat. Ameen.

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 6, 2013 - 1:37PM

    Rest In Peace ..

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  • hashim
    Jan 6, 2013 - 2:00PM

    Inalilahi Wainailaihi Rajiun.

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  • hashim
    Jan 6, 2013 - 2:01PM

    inalilahi wainailaihi rajiun

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  • Junaid Atique
    Jan 6, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Inalilahi Wainailaihi Rajiun.

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  • Mudassar
    Jan 6, 2013 - 6:41PM

    May Allah bless Qazi Hussain Ahamd and may his soul rest in heaven.

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  • SHAHZAD
    Jan 6, 2013 - 8:05PM

    Qazi Sb was born in 1938 in the house of Maulana Qazi Muhammad Abdul Rab at Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Distt. Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,
    After completing early education at home, Qazi Hussain Ahmad took admission in Islamia College, Peshawar and after that got his Masters of Science degree in Geography from Peshawar University. He served as lecturer for three years.
    عجیب مانوس اجنبی تھا، سبھی کو حیران کر گیا وہ
    we will miss him for long..:(

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  • javaid bashir
    Jan 6, 2013 - 9:52PM

    Qazi Husain Ahmad died of a heart attack in the early hours of Sunday morining He actively participated in the social circle as welland believed in the service of the [eople political leaders He seved Jamaat -i-Islamii as Anir for decades and guided its destiny

    “ He was a fundamentalist rightist
    He was a decent human being He believed in serving the humanity He worked on social causes and generously helped te victims pf Calamities kike earth quake and flood The nation is proved of his services and stuggle for eastablishing an ethical siciet and independent justice system He filled the big shoes of Maulama Maddodi and Maulana Tufail Ahmad He was elected the tgird Amir of Jamaat and served it well
    He wasan abke leader and sul of the MMA which he presided over after te death of Shah Ahmad Noorni He held it together Qazi Sahib will be remembered by all for his services

    May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and tranquility, and patience to his family and friends Sincerely
    JAVAID BASHIR
    Attorney at law

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  • LAJBAR KHAN
    Jan 6, 2013 - 9:53PM

    ALLAH THE ALL-MIGHTY MY BLESS HIM.

    INNA LILLAH E WA INNA ELAIHE RAJEON

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  • Raja Habib Jalib
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad was a great huamn being ,a great leadr of Muslim World ,and a great leader of Pakistan ,who stood every test of time. I met him manty times. I always reported his view about the issue of Kashmir. He wsa a great friend of people of Kashmir. we lost a great leade, agreat friend ,may God give him eternal place in paradize.

    Raja Habi Jlaib (Chiarman Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Council Int Wing)

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  • Raja Habib Jalib
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:39PM

    I am sad to hear the newa abouyt a great loss of friend of Kashmir Qazi Hussain Ahmad. He was a great human being ,a friend of People of Kashmir. He always supported the people against Indian agression ,and many times, he was accused of involvement in Internal affairs of Kashmir. But the people of Kashmir loved him, and we lost a great friend of Kashmir ,Pakistan lost great leader ,and Muslim Ommah lost , a great thinker, and family lost a great man . I am praying for his soul, and pray for the family . Raja Habib Jlaib (Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Council International Wing.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 7, 2013 - 12:42AM

    Can someone list his achievements?

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  • Abbas al azadi
    Jan 7, 2013 - 4:18PM

    May Allah give Jannath to him.

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  • Abbas al azadi
    Jan 7, 2013 - 4:19PM

    May Allah give him place in Jannah..

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