Former president Leghari is no more

Published: October 20, 2010
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari.

Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari.

Former president of Pakistan Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari passed away on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday at a Rawalpindi hospital. He was 70.

Leghari had been under treatment at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology for quite some time for heart problems. A key actor on Pakistan’s political landscape, Leghari had withdrawn from active politics for some years.

Born on May 29, 1940, Leghari remained Pakistan’s president from November 14, 1993 to December 2, 1997 – the tenure in which he fell out with his mentor Pakistan Peoples Party and sent his former boss (Benazir Bhutto)’s government packing.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s website, he was born in Choti Zareen, a village of Dera Ghazi Khan district.

He came from a political family that has been active in politics in this part of the world since the pre-colonial days. His father Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari and grandfather Nawab Sir Muhmammad Jamal Khan Leghari had both been ministers.

He had his early schooling at Aitchison College, Lahore and graduated from the Forman Christian College, Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2010.

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  • Umer Vakil
    Oct 20, 2010 - 2:43AM

    Rest in Peace.Recommend

  • Ed
    Oct 20, 2010 - 4:55AM


  • awam
    Oct 20, 2010 - 4:59AM

    a good man indeedRecommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 20, 2010 - 6:19AM

    Inna lilahi wa inna alehi rajaoon.
    Indeed to Allah we belong and to him we have to return.

    May Allah forgive us all and bless us all with his Mercy and a place in heaven and save us from the hell fire Ameen.
    May Allah have Mercy on Mr. Laghari’s soul and grant patience to the grieved family AmeenRecommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 7:16AM

    He was a good president. Nawaz Sharif shouldn’t have forced him out. May Allah grant him place in paradise.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 20, 2010 - 8:07AM

    Every one has to die one day. People always remember those who had ever done something good for their well wishers (PPP) but very sad to say that he is the one who stabbed on the back of his own leadership for which it is still suffering (false cases, unless proved guilty). The whole nation (politically and economically) is still suffering due to this man, Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Zia ul Haque. I hope his soul will now rest in peace. One likes it or not this is how I feel.Recommend

    Oct 20, 2010 - 8:07AM

    May Almighty Allah Rest his soul in eternal peace, and hearted prayers for his blessing. Late Mr. Farooq Lughari was a man of character, discipline, and courageous in politics. His action to remove PPP from power under facts of corruption was a historic decision. A great man like Farooq Lughari who belong to PPP by giving his verdict on PPP proved that in PPP not every body is corrupt.Recommend

  • Muhammad Awais
    Oct 20, 2010 - 9:12AM

    A legend of Pakistan History has expired. May Allah departed his soul to eternal peace.Recommend

    Oct 20, 2010 - 9:48AM

    he good man OF PAKISTANRecommend

  • ahmad
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:02AM

    A loss to the Pakistan nationl politics. He was one of those realistic hopes that could have taken this country out of the crises. A rare individual to be seen in our politics, may Allah bless his soul. Ameen Recommend

  • Sultan, Abbottabad
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:08AM

    Once the most powerful person in Pakistan, his every move used to be recorded & was a news. Alas! he died.

    All others in power remember you too will die one day and be buried in a small piece of land not more than six feet and that too if you are lucky. If this is the end then why all this greed, injustice, lust.

    May our souls rest in peace along with all the other dead. Or we dead or alive?Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:37AM

    May he rest in peace.

    To all the media / print / otherwise outlets, he was the president of Pakistan please give him more respect than a two column / single column news item buried somewhere. Recommend

  • Sabeen
    Oct 20, 2010 - 11:09AM

    Rest in peace Sir. You were a charismatic President if not anything else & I do believe you were a good man. It is indeed a very sad news for us Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Altaf Hussain
    Oct 20, 2010 - 11:15AM

    My old mother,an octogenerian,has this to comment on Leghari Sahib’s sad demise :Once on the eve of national elections,WAPDA officials erected four electric poles on my land situated on the road side in my village in a “V” shape in order to provide electricity to a couple of newly built houses of well connected owners on the two sides and therby totally damaging my land. On an appeal to Wafaqi Mohtasib the WAPDA said they did so in public interest. So I wrote an application to Farooq Leghari who was then their minister. Leghari Sahib’s orders on the application were:”Why is this old widow being harassed?.Remove the poles within 48 hours and report back”. There were no poles the next morning. May Allah bless his soul and give us leaders who are just with the good of common man dearer to their hearts.Ameen.Recommend

  • Faisal Arshad
    Oct 20, 2010 - 11:47AM

    May his soul rest in peace…Recommend

  • Sana Naseer Shaikh
    Oct 20, 2010 - 11:59AM

    Inna lilahi wa inna alehi rajaoon. A legend of Pakistan History has expired.May Almighty Allah Rest his soul in eternal peace, and hearted prayers for his blessing.He is a great politian, he works alot for pakistan, but there is no news in television news yet, its really disappointed. Its a great loss of pakistan & may God gives courage to his family to face this death.Recommend

    Oct 20, 2010 - 12:25PM

    Inna lilahi wa inna alehi rajaoonRecommend

  • Shahzad
    Oct 20, 2010 - 12:42PM

    I offer my condolence to his family. However, reading above comments it feels that he was a saint and spiritual leader of highest esteem.

    Please also remember that he was a feudal Sardar and betrayal is one word, when he became president. Let the history decide what good he did to the country. Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 12:57PM

    Have appear before Him
    should pray for forgiveness,
    time and again.Recommend

  • Shabbir Bukhari
    Oct 20, 2010 - 1:05PM

    Have you all gone MAD…! Praising a man who had dissolved an elected govt.He don’t deserves to be called a legend.He was one of those politicians who have danged democratic institutions for their personal benefits.Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 4:02PM

    Rest in Peace!

    A comment I came across on one of the Urdu News site:
    “Aaj aalm e Arwah main Banazir sy mulaqat hoghi or Banazir ko Zardari kay Karnamo sy Aghah karai gha”Recommend

  • Ammara Farukh`
    Oct 20, 2010 - 4:15PM

    He was a very able man. our country has lost a treasure.Recommend

  • Mohsin Hijazee
    Oct 20, 2010 - 6:30PM

    انا اللہ و انا الیہ ارجعون۔Recommend

  • Hasan R. Sheikh
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:55PM

    Such a small scaled news.. May Allah rest him in Jannah. The man is our x-president, deserves more than a small news link.Recommend

  • Anam
    Oct 21, 2010 - 3:43AM

    Now that he has died, may his soul rest in peace, but i could not help but laugh a bit after someone in the comment box stated that a ” Legend had died ” uhm!! i wonder when Pakistanis will stop calling everyone a legend, a Shaheed, a Quid-e-awam. Like honestly – i bet half of the people did not even know him. Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2010 - 11:19AM

    انا اللہ و انا الیہ ارجعون
    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Asmat Jamal
    Oct 21, 2010 - 12:36PM

    Farooq Laghari saw his political growth when he was part of Pakistan Peoples Party, however the day he back stabbed Benazir Bhutto, his political career ended. Though he made his own political Party, later to be merged in Musharraf sponsored PML Q, he couldn’t take a solo flight. Probable he was mislead to believe about his political strength by his sycophants. He was used and fired first by PML N and later by Musharraf and Chaudries of Gujrat.
    May God bless his departed soulRecommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Oct 21, 2010 - 2:03PM

    He could have done alot more for the country. We all have to leave this world with a piece of cloth and yet we are so materialistic and hungry like a pig. May Allah guide us all so we have a peaceful time in grave (a worse moment for wrong doers and yet just a glimpse of what is in stored for them). Lets all wake up and submit our souls to Allah’s will.Recommend

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Oct 21, 2010 - 6:45PM

    May his soul rest in peace.He born in Missionary Hospital Tank city, we the dwellers of Tank city re-grate is death. Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Oct 26, 2010 - 4:27PM

    Great Man Great LeaderRecommend

  • Oct 26, 2010 - 5:20PM


  • faisal adnan sandhu
    Oct 27, 2010 - 8:39AM

    innalilahewainnaeliyhrajeoon. sardar sahib lives in our heartsRecommend

  • ansazafar
    Oct 29, 2010 - 9:33PM

    A very able and decent man. May his soul rest in peace. amen.Recommend

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