Renowned Sindhi politician comrade Jam Saqi passes away in Hyderabad

KARACHI: Renowned Sindhi politician, writer and human rights activist Jam Saqi, 73 passed away in Hyderabad on Monday.

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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.

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