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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Zil-Hajj 09, 1432 AH
| ||Pakistan's ex-President Farooq Leghari passes away
'Pakistan Times' Federal Bureau
ISLAMABAD: Former President of Pakistan Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari died of heart ailment at a local hospital here late on Tuesday night. He was 70.
The ex-President was under treatment for heart-related disorders. And due to deteriorating health conditions, he was being kept on ventilator but despite best efforts to save his life, he could not survive.
Farooq Laghari breathed his last at 1:45 AM PST [20:45 GMT], hospital sources said to media.
As per reports his body is to be flown to his ancestral town in Dera Ghazi Khan where he is to be laid to rest. The funeral prayer would be offered in his native city Dear Ghazi Khan at 4:00pm today, Wednesday.
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, was the eighth President of Pakistan from November 14, 1993 until December 2, 1997.
Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari was born in Choti Zareen, a village of Dera Ghazi Khan District in Punjab province on May 29, 1940. He comes from an eminent political family that has been active in politics in this part of the world since the pre-colonial days.
His father Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari and grand father Nawab Sir Muhmammad Jamal Khan Leghari had both been Ministers.
After initial schooling at Aitchison College, Lahore where he was the head boy and was declared the Best Student of 1957, he graduated with honours from the Forman Christian [FC] College Lahore where again he was amongst the best students. Later, he went on to Oxford University for higher studies.
After returning to Pakistan he joined the Civil Service. Yet on the death of his father he resigned from the service and returned to look after affairs as Head (Sardar) of the Leghari tribe.
He joined the Pakistan Peoples Party, and was made leader of the party upon the imprisonment of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He was put under house-arrest several times during the regime of late President Zia-ul-Haq.
In 1993, with the express support of the Pakistan Peoples Party he ran for the office of President and won the election against Wasim Sajjad.
During political career, he also created his political party – the Millat Party, which entered into a coalition of seven parties, known as National Alliance to participate in the general elections of 2002.