Professor Ghafoor Ahmad Naib Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami (1927-2012)
Karachi (Wednesday, December 26, 2012) – Naib Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Prof Ghafoor Ahmad, died at a private hospital in Karachi here on Wednesday 26/12/2012.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader, who was 83, had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for the last 10 days.
According to a JI spokesman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Prof Ghafoor’s funeral prayers will be held at the Idara-e-Noor-e-Haq at 4.30pm here on Thursday 27/12/2012, and he will be laid to rest at the Sakhi Hassan graveyard.
Professor Gafoor’s Profile
Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed had joined the Jamaat in 1950. He had served the party as its general-secretary from 1988 to 1990.
The founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, had played a vital role in grooming Prof Ghafoor Ahmed with whom he remained in close contact until the Maulana’s death in 1979.
According to family sources, Maulana Maudoodi used to visit his house in Nazimabad regularly. He was twice elected to the National Assembly from Karachi, first in the 1970 elections and then in 1977.
He was a signatory to the Constitution of 1973.
Prof Ghafoor Ahmed was a prominent leader of the Pakistan National Alliance, an alliance of nine political parties which was formed to contest the 1977 elections against the Pakistan People’s Party.
PNA Movement 1977
The PNA had refused to accept the election results then, accusing the government of rigging, and started a mass movement against the then People’s Party government led by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He was part of a three-member PNA delegation that held talks with the then government to find a solution to the political impasse during the height of the PNA agitation. The two other members of the PNA delegation were Mufti Mahmood and Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan.
Prof Ghafoor Ahmed later served as federal minister for industries from 1978 to 1979.
He was counted amongst the most respected politicians of the country.
Prof. Ghafoor Born in Barely India
Prof Ghafoor Ahmed was born on 26 June 1927 in Barely in India. He earned his Masters degree in commerce from Lucknow University in 1948.
He has left behind three sons, Tariq, Khalid and Shoaib. Prof Ghafoor’s wife had died some time back.
We all prayed to Almighty Allah to place the departed soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss. His services for the 1973 Constitution would be remembered for a long time.