Professor Ghafoor Ahmed

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Abdul Ghafoor Ahmed (Urdu: عبدالغفور احمد ; ‎ 26 June 1927 – 26 December 2012), generally known as Professor Ghafoor Ahmed, was a Pakistani politician who represented Jamaat-e-Islami in National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan in 1970 till 1977. He is also notable for being signatory and committee member which prepared the draft

Early life and education

Ahmed was born on 26 June 1927 from religious Muslim family in Barely, British India.[4] He received his early education from his native town however earned his Master's degree majoring in Commerce from University of Lucknow in 1948.[5] After Partition of India his family moved to Pakistan where he started his career as politician and finished Industrial Accounts course and won fellowship of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan.[6]

Political career

Ahmed started his political career at the age of 23 when he joined Jamaat-e-Islami as member of youth wing in 1950 after eight years he was elected as the member of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in 1958. [7][8]
Ahmed was elected twice as member of National Assembly of Pakistan in 1970 and 1977.[1] He participated as signatory and member of National Assembly's drafting committee for the Constitution of Pakistan in 1973. While his second tenure he showed his strong opposition against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, then Prime Minister of Pakistan by leading two political alliances named as United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) respectively as General Secretary in 1977 till 1978.[9][10]
Ahmed also remained as senator and appointed as Federal Minister for Industries and Production in 1978 till 1979. He again worked as General secretary of Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (Islamic Democratic Alliance) which was a conservative alliance by several small religious political parties whose major goal was to oppose the Pakistan Peoples Party in elections of that year. Before his death he was serving as Naib Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami.[11][12] He was also an author of five books.[13]

Death

Ahmed died at Patel Hospital located in Karachi on Wednesday 26 December 2012 at the age of 85 years. He was suffering from protracted illness for several months and hospitalized for past 10 days. He is survived by three sons and six daughters.[14][15]

Funeral

Ahmed's Salat al-Janazah was offered at new M.A Jinnah Road, Karachi. Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan led the funeral prayers which was attended by hundreds of party workers along with top leadership of known political parties of Pakistan such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League (N), Pakistan Peoples Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He was buried in Sakhi Hasan graveyard in Karachi.[16] On his death several condolence messages were sent to his family by different political and non political people including President Asif Zardari,[17][18] Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf,[19] Abdul Qadir Patel,[20] Asfandyar Wali Khan,[20][20] Imran Khan,[20] Nawaz Sharif[20] and Altaf Hussain.[21][22]

 

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