Islamabad: Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistan’s prominent religious scholar and former amir (president) of Jamaat-e-Islami, has passed away in Islamabad after suffering a heart attack.
He had been suffering from heart disease for quite a while and was being treated at Maroof Hospital in F-10, Islamabad at the time of his death at around 1am on Sunday.
Mr Ahmad had already undergone two bypass operations.
His body would be shifted to his ancestral town Ziarat Kaka Sahib, District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) after Fajar prayers where his funeral prayers and burial would take place.
His funeral prayers will be said at 3pm at Jinnah Park, Peshawar, the capital city of KP.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed their condolences to Mr Ahmad’s family.
He was the third amir of the Jamaat-i-Islami, believed to be the largest and the most organised religious political party of Pakistan.
Mr Ahmad remained in office from October 7 1987 to March 29, 2009.
He became member of the party in 1970 and was elected to the office of president of its Peshawar branch. He served the JI as secretary and then amir of KP.
He was raised to the office of JI secretary general in 1978 and after elected as its amir in 1987. He got re-elected four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003).
In 2009, he decided to step down from his post because of his deteriorating health.