SRINAGAR: Former Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief and veteran politician Qazi Hussain Ahmed passed away in Islamabad early on Sunday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. According to sources, Saturday, Ahmeds health deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital following cardiac arrest.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, 74, was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic and pro democracy advocate. He was a strong critic of Islamabads counter-terrorism policy apparently dictated by the United States.
Qazi Ahmed, who was head of the JI for almost 22 years. He joined JI in 1978 and was elected its ameer (chief) in 1987, a position he would be re-elected to on two more occasions before finally stepping down in 2009.
Last November, he escaped an attempt on his life when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near his convoy in the Mohmand tribal agency.
The funeral prayers of former Jamaati-i-Islami (JI) chief were held on motorway Ring Road in Peshawar on Sunday, January 6.
Geelani leaving for Pakistan
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani is leaving for Pakistan to offer his condolence to the bereaved family of Qazi Hussain Ahmad.
During his visit Syed Ali Geelani is proposed to meet close relatives of late leader and other Jamat-e-Islami leaders in Pakistan.
It bears mention that Geelani has so far turned down all invitations from Pakistan apparently as a mark of protest against Islamabads Kashmir policy which Geelani says is too soft.
As soon as travel documents are provided, Geelani will leave for Pakistan to offer his condolence to family of departed leader and leaders of Jamat-e-Islami, a close aide of the Kashmiri leader said, adding Hurriyat (G) was in close contact with the passport office in Srinagar and a fresh application in this regard would be submitted soon, he said.
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