Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan; a role model for political workers

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Umer Mustafa;

 On December 1st, we are remembering the great son of the soil, Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan, on his first death anniversary to pay rich tributes to the deceased and laud his matchless service for the nation. The Central Chief Organizer of Pakistan People’s Party Azad Kashmir and Former Speaker Legislative Assembly, Khan left for eternal abode on December 01, 2020. The deceased was laid to eternal rest at his ancestral graveyard in his hometown Hajira on December 02,2020.

The deceased was a senior parliamentarian who had started his carrier as a teacher and later joined PPP in1979 after resigning from his job. The onslaught on democracy by military dictators and extra-judicial killing of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had forced him to revolt against the societal injustice and join politics. He raised voice against the dictatorship and practically participated in the struggle against the unconstitutional punishment of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He had to face jails and was arrested many times, but he did not leave the path of struggle and carried on his journey to fight for the rights of people.

The main motive of the PPP to serve the poor of the country and ensure they get ‘Roti, Kapra and Makan (Bread, clothes and home), attracted the deceased leader to join this party as he thought that if he had to do anything for the poor, the PPP would be the appropriate platform. keeping this in mind, he carried on journey on this path and served the people, not only of his own constituency but all across the state. His services for public would be remembered always. When he stepped into politics, he started his career as a district councilor and rose to the third highest position in the state.  During his political career Khan promoted tolerance, brotherhood and interfaith harmony.  Being an ideological worker, he remained loyal to his party till death. He had devoted his entire life for the service of people, particularly the poor.  Certainly, his death created a huge gap which is hard to be filled.  The death of Ghulam Sadiq was not only a great loss for the PPP but also for the whole state. The deceased was a man of fidelity and morality, possessing high qualities and abilities. He was a party’s asset and had made great contributions to the supremacy of democratic and parliamentary traditions in the state [AJK]. He also served as an advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was known as a principled politician who earned widespread respect in the political circles of AJK, irrespective of political affiliations.

Many people hailing from different segments of the society including senior parliamentarians and politicians, leaders and representatives of different political and religious organizations admired his outright character and believed that the death of Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan was a great loss to the entire state.

Sardar’s life was an open book. He was a humble man and a respected politician. So, it would be very pertinent to mention here that the AJK state was deprived of an experienced parliamentarian and devoted politician. No doubt it is a great lose to the region. The political struggle of Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan would be remembered for long. He had virtually created political awareness among the masses. He was the beacon of light for the coming generations, who could learn many lessons from his life and set their directions right.

For a thousand years the narcissus has been lamenting its blindness With great difficulty the one with true vision is born in the garden. 

May the departed soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

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