KARACHI: Veteran politician and founding member of Pakistan People’sParty (PPP) Mairaj Muhammad Khan passed away in Karachi today at the age of 77.
As per sources, the senior politician was hospitalised for respiratory problems at a private medical facility in Karachi.
A close associate of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Mairaj had been an active participant in many of the important events that shaped our country in its formative years.
He was a key player in the movement that led to the formation of the PPP, the movement against General Ayub Khan in 1968, which was sparked off by NSF-led students, as well as the movement for the restoration of democracy (MRD) against General Ziaul Haq from its formation in 1981 until it culminated in 1988.
He had been through it all; Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, the dismemberment of Pakistan, the Bhutto years, General Zia and his dictatorship and the return to democracy in 2008. The former federal minister was even associated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for five years (Dec 1997 to 2003 April) and left when his patience was completely exhausted.
In his later years, more than a politician, Mairaj enjoyed the position of an elder statesman.