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Pir Pagara: some facts

I READ the obituary on Pir Pagara (Jan 11).

I would like to place on record some important facts about the early life of Pir Pagara which have not been touched.They are based on facts as told by my father, Hamid Zubairi, then a staff member of Dawn, Delhi.

When colonial rulers of the subcontinent hanged Pir Sabghatullah Shah Rashidi (father of Pir Pagara) on March 20, 1943, in the Central Jail, Hyderabad, Sindh, and abolished his Gaddi (Spiritual Office), Pir Pagara Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II was hardly 15 years old.

During the same year Dr Ziauddin Ahmed, who was at that time the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, took him and his brother to Aligarh.

At Aligarh both the brothers stayed in 'English House' which was a hostel established specially to house the sons of nawabs and rajas of the subcontinent. In 1946 again Dr Ziauddin arranged for their education at England.

Dr Qayyum Pasha, son-inlaw of Dr Ziauddin, went to England with Pir Pagara and his brother, through ship from Bombay, and stayed with them as their guardian.

After the partition in 1947 it was the campaign launched by Pir Ali Muhammad Rashidi, through Sindh Observer, that in fact was instrumental in restoration of the Gaddi of Pir Pagara in 1952.

JALEEL BIN HAMID ZUBAIRI Karachi


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Javed Mir
Jan 13, 2012 08:25am
Those who have made sacrifices for the country will of course be remembered and will be give a due place in the history of our country. May their souls rest in eternal peace, Ameen.
Ali Ahmed
Jan 14, 2012 06:54pm
Please stop glorifying him
james zatonski
Jan 15, 2012 12:46pm
Who are those whose souls will rest in peace. I watched with interest the funeral - how different is the religion in Pakistan. The crowds had a strange blank look on their faces - one got the feeling that they are very poor suppressed and not educated. How can one accept that one human being is lower than the other. May be the new appointed leader will end this strange system.
Javed Mir
Jan 15, 2012 05:06pm
This is in response to James' harsh comments concerning my prayers for the departed souls of those leaders who fought for the freedom of muslims of the Indian sub-continent. The deceased father of the late Pir Pagarah was one of them. He was hanged by the British rulers for his revolutionary struggle as the history tells us. I, however, do not mean by this gesture that one human being is lower than the other nor do I personally believe that one man has any special sanction of the religion. It is not glorification but a recognition of one person's struggle for freedom.