KARACHI: Renowned Sindhi politician, writer and human rights activist Jam Saqi, 73 passed away in Hyderabad on Monday.
Jam Saqi was suffering from multiple ailments, but the cause of death was kidney failure. Saqi, born October 31, 1944, in the village of Jhanji in taluka Chachro, Tharparkar.
He began his political career as part of a student union in 1961, and was elected as general secretary of the Hyderabad Students Federation.
The left-wing politician from Sindh was a staunch Communist. He joined the National Awami Party in 1972 and later served as the general secretary of the Communist Party of Pakistan.
Saqi was arrested in 1978 during the Zia regime. Benazir Bhutto appeared before the court and, as Saqi’s defence witness, deposed that “Jam Saqi is a patriotic citizen of the state.”
He was jailed for about seven years until 1988. He joined the Pakistan People’s Party in the 90s, and remained a member of the PPP Sindh Council until his death.
Saqi has authored seven books and launched newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Halchal.
He will be laid to rest at the Nasim Nagar graveyard in Qasimabad today.
Political leaders and journalists have expressed grief over demise of veteran politician Jam Saqi.
History in chains.Jam Saqi and Benazir Bhutto sahiba facing a military court established by Gen Zia.U can see chains on the shoulders of Jam Saqi these chains became necklace of our political history we will always remember the chain holder pic.twitter.com/pcRKiw5t5W
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 5, 2018
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) March 5, 2018
#RIPJamSaqi champion of ideological politics and fighter for democracy. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto appeared as a witness in his havour before a military court under Zia’s dictatorship. pic.twitter.com/D1RmTvuXA2
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 5, 2018
Death of Jam Saqi is the death of ideological politics. He faced prison and torture but never compromise on his politics. It was also for the first time BB, appeared as his witness in the case. Wali Khan, Bizenjo, Meraj Mohd. Khan others also appeared. I had covered his case.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) March 5, 2018
Would like to condole the death of Jam Saqi a veteran politician from Sindh who struggled for the rights of the province A few years he came to meet me with some great ideas. May his soul rest in peace
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) March 5, 2018
Grieved on the passing of Comrade Jam Saqi -a valiant fighter for the disenfranchised. His struggle against tyranny and his sacrifices for a democratic Pakistan, remain an inspiration for generations. His association with the PPP are a source of pride. We mourn his loss deeply. pic.twitter.com/93XAIe6gkA
— Murad Ali Shah (@MuradAliShahPPP) March 5, 2018