Jahangir Badar’s death


The funeral prayers of senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former federal minister Jahangir Badar were offered on Monday. Later on the dead body of Jehangir Badar was laid to rest in Miami Sahib Graveyard in Lahore. The senior politician died of cardiac arrest in Lahore late Sunday night.Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced three-day mourning over the demise of party’s senior politician and former general secretary Jahangir Badar. The PM condoled with Jahangir Badar family and in his condolence message, the PM prayed for departed soul of the PPP leader.The PM said that Jahangir Badar services for strengthening country’s security will not be forgotten and always be remembered. The premier said that Jahangir Badar always worked for democracy and he was political asset and his political services are pride for the country. Pakistan People Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has expressed sorrow over death of the party leader Jahangir Badar adding that Badar always strived hard for establishment of democracy in the country.The co-chairman said that “Jahangir Badar was brave jiyala of the party who whole of his life struggled for the PPP and always fight for democracy.”Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he was saddened after hearing Jehangir Badar death and added that “Jahangir Badar was always stick to his ideology and made his name after doing politics from lower level and till his last breath he remained loyal and true worker of his party”.Badar’s entry into national politics came after five years of student activism. As President of the Hailey College Students Union in 1968 he participated in the anti-Ayub movement and was arrested. In 1970 Badar was the presidential candidate of the left-liberal front in the Punjab University Students Union election. Soon after the election which was rigged by the university administration Badar was arrested and dispatched to jail under Yahya Khan’s Martial law regulations. Badar joined the ranks of the PPP in mid-70. Having deep roots in old Lahore’s society, the former student leader strengthened the party at the grass roots. Come Zia Martial Law, Badar was once again arrested, awarded lashes and put behind the bars.
In 1988 Badar was elected MNA and made a federal minister in BB’s cabinet. He could not win the subsequent NA elections as his connection with the grass root politics had weakened. He was twice made Senator on account of his loyalty to the party leadership. During the first stint beginning 1994 he was again appointed a federal minister. Badar enjoyed the perks of power but the party had already started losing grip over the masses in Punjab. The PPP government’s policies during the Zardari era when Badar was again made Senator cost the party dearly in the province. Some of the old-timers were sidelined while others bid farewell to politics when the provincial leadership was handed over to so-called electables. Badar was one of the few jialas who continued to remain loyal to the party despite its collapse in Punjab. His sacrifices for the democracy will always be remembered.