The day sets in but with the sad news of death of two illustrious citizens: Professor Ghafoor Ahmed and Brig (r) Zafar Iqbal. At the time of his death, when Prof Ghafoor Ahmed succumbed to a prolonged illness, he was 85 years old. He was a prominent leader of Jamaat-i-Islami who over the years turned out to be different from the breed of commonplace politicians, particularly the way he would address the public or make public statements. He was born on 1927 in Bareli India where he earned a Master’s degree in Commerce from Lucknow University. But apparently his ideological and religious leanings were not content with the outlet provided to him by conventional education and found expression in his joining of the Jamaat-i-Islami in 1950. Soon he rose through the party’s ranks as he turned to amplifying the voice of the Jamaat. He got elected to the National Assembly twice as well as played a significant role in holding talks with the Bhutto government as leader of the PNA. From 1988-90, he was the Secretary General of JI.

Brig (r) Zafar Iqbal’s death is also a sad occasion. He will be remembered for his role in Pakistan Movement.  Recipient of the Pakistan Movement Gold Medal, he remained an active member of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust as well. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.