LUBP editors are extremely saddened to learn about the untimely death of Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior leader Fauzia Wahab. Through this post, we wish to convey our sincerest condolences to her family and millions of fans and supporters within and outside Pakistan.
As a mother, self made individual, legislator, rights activist and PPP worker, she leaves behind a rich legacy.
As a senior PPP leader, there were few who could match up to Fauzia Wahab in terms of loyalty, courage, integrity and presence of mind. She was always willing to engage with even the harshest critics of the PPP and what impressed many people was not just her intelligence but her graciousness in accepting the faults and shortcomings. This is not a common tendency in Pakistan’s political circles and such maturity and confidence endears even the harshest critics.
It is a suitable time to acknowledge that Ms. Wahab offered unconditional support to LUBP without affecting our editorial independence, and also provided us with constructive feedback from time to time. We at LUBP were never pressurized by Ms. Wahab whilst being critical of the PPP. We were never asked to trumpet her horn. Fauzia bibi was always about issues and principles and her loss is a big one. We stand by her family in these trying times.
Not many people know that Fauzia Wahab’s great grandfather is Imdadullah Muhajar Makki, the famous gentleman who launched the mutiny from Meerut and was a founding father of the Darululoom Deoband. In the Darululoom Karachi, the main street is called ‘Shara e Imdadullah’.
However, as Nadeem Paracha explains in his excellent write up in Dawn (The Laughing Warrior), despite her religious background, Fauzia refused to be a part of rigth-wing parties (e.g. JI, JUP), and as a graduate student at the University of Karachi made her way into politics as a progressive student leader and by campaigning for human rights.
She was one of very few persons in Pakistani politics and mainstream media who maintained a fine balance between her progressive ideals and a modest lifestyle, something which is also evident in the way she raised her children.
She held many key positions in the PPP and was a trusted aide of the martyred leader of the party, Benazir Bhutto.
She was a steadfast loyalist who supported and defended the PPP and braved difficult situations. In particular, her services as party’s Information Secretary and for human rights in the country can never be forgotten.
She died while fighting to strengthen the democracy and democratic institutions.
Fauzia Wahab, 56, had undergone a gallbladder surgery at a local hospital but suffered serious post-operative complications, which proved fatal for the veteran politician.
Her funeral prayer will be offered at Masjid Mubarak in Defence Phase-4, Sea View, Karachi after Zohar prayers on Monday.
We pray for her soul to rest in eternal peace.
mline ke nahin nayab hain hum
Mohtarma Fauzia Wahab laid to rest
Last Picture of Late PPP MNA Fauzia Wahab after Capital Talk on Port Grand Karachi -May 24th 2012 (courtesy: Hamid Mir)