LONDON - Spiritual leader of Hur Community and Chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Functional) Pir Mardan Shah-II, more commonly known as Pir Pagara, breathed his last at the age of 83 here on Tuesday, reported a private TV channel.

Pir Pagara was taken to a hospital in London by a special air ambulance on January 5, along with his physician and family, as he suffered infection following treatment of his lungs.

Born in Sindh’s town of Pir Jo Goth in 1928, Pir Pagara spent major part of his life in politics.

His sons Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi and Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi, wife, physician Dr Saulat, secretary Dr Karim Mehar and adviser to the Sindh CM Imtiaz Shaikh were also in London. Pagara’s body will be flown to Pakistan tonight and will be buried at Pir Jo Goth.

President Asif Zardari and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Pir Sahib Pagara.

President Zardari in a message paid rich tribute to Pir Pagara and termed his death a great loss for the country and nation. Shahbaz said the country has been deprived of a great politician.

Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah has announced 3-day mourning.