THOSE who had the opportunity of meeting Qazi Hussain Ahmed will remember him as a politician it was possible to have a conversation with, even if his ideas were in conflict with one’s own. With his accent, style and unhurried emphasis, he was representative of the Pakhtun politician. He did not intimidate in person though he headed a party whose cadres were known for their brash displays of emotionalism. He had to deal with the legacy of the Jamaat-i-Islami’s association with Gen Ziaul Haq’s martial law and his biggest challenge for space came from some other Zia protégés outside the party. As JI amir, he concentrated on establishing youth wings with a wider outreach than was available to the party’s student wing, the Islami Jamiat-i-Tulaba. Pasban and Shabab-i-Milli were the outcome. But by and large, the JI under him had to be content with trying to make a difference in partnership with other parties, such as the PML-N and later, the JUI. During his leadership, the JI’s city government in Karachi initiated major development projects that were often cited as examples of the party’s organisational skills. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal’s stint in power in the former NWFP was another high point of Qazi Sahib’s term as JI amir.

He may not have been able to realise his dream of spearheading change, the famous ‘Qazi is coming’ cries in the 1990s being little more than a catchy memory about an unsuccessful campaign. But as a junior or equal member in a coalition, Qazi Sahib did play a role in shaping the country’s politics to the present. Apart from this, he maintained and expanded the JI’s overall presence to make sure the party had ‘likeminded’ people in important organisations, from groups committed to jihadi politics to the campuses, bureaucracy, etc.

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January 7, 2013 2:11 pm
He doesn't seem to have a strong CV, does he?
January 7, 2013 7:02 am
may his soul rest in peace.
sairaj durrani
January 7, 2013 12:06 pm
Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain Tweets: Condolences | Qazi Hussain Ahmed death I am shocked and grief stricken to learn of Qazi Hussain Ahmed's death and express profound sorrow and condolences for the family. He was very affectionate, soft spoken and kinds to all....May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. He lived life fully, courageously and passionate, he was very intelligent and his mental faculties were very sharp till the very end. It is not an appropriate word but he was my collegue in the National Assembly in 2002...There is so much to write....memories is all that we have...
vijay singh ivory coast
January 7, 2013 5:42 am
may God give courage to his family and friends to bear the loss
January 7, 2013 10:51 pm
Indeed we have gone back to the stone-ages, with no gas and electricity, and people resorting to woods for cooking and going to office on bicycles, but that is not Qazi sahabs doing. It is nature's very appropriate recompense upon the Pakistani nation. We joined the so-called war-on-terror to avoid the America's threat of turning us into the stone-ages if we did not 'cooperate'. We did cooperate and yet we are turning into the stone-ages. Nature's reply! And this thing escalated after the Lal Masjid operation. For all those living in Pakistan, can anyone challenge the fact that we had this kind of horrific electricity and gas shortage starting from the very exact winters of 2007, the year of the Lal Masjid operation. Perhaps their methodology was a bit crude or they got a bit high-handed, but is this how you deal with somebody who demands an end to prostitution centers? Why were ppl so hurt about it? Who supports prostitution? Is it a women's right or the men's? Indeed the Satan confounds us and makes us take decisions that dooms us to hell, not just in the hereafter but here in this world as well...we cut off their gas, electricity and food for ten days and then killed them with phosphorous, so how is everybody on this list now managing with the gas, electricity and food-prices crisis? Are we eating well?
January 7, 2013 5:36 pm
His contribution in bringing different religious sects on one plate form is acknowledged by ALL. He never been in government, not in MMA where the leadership of the govt remained with JUI so we can give a wishlist to him to do but that wont be realistic. As a person, he has been very honest with high level of personal integrity without doubt. He remained with IJI and in many other coalitions but without any blame of corruption, nepotism etc.
Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik
January 7, 2013 5:52 pm
Kazi Saheb was a great and a personal friend of mine. i am shocked to hear the news of his passing away.He was a man of learning and a fine communicator though we often disagreed on many issues but he has always been gracious and polite with me.I can never forget the courtesies extended to me by him. I pray for his soul. Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik . Chairman council for Indian foreign Policy dr.vaidik@ gmail. com New Delhi
January 7, 2013 8:53 am
I fail to see how his contributions made any difference in terms of peace, economic reforms, trade, technology, education and improvements in Pakistan foreign policy issues. If anyting Pakistan seemingly has gone back to the stone age.
January 7, 2013 9:01 am
On the contrary, the MMA's stint at the helm in KP is probably the darkest chapter in the recent history of the province. It was the sheer ineptness of the government that resulted in the thriving militancy in Swat and FATA. Being from Peshawar, i can safely say that it is one city that has regressed over the last decade and the MMA government is responsible from starting the slide.
Uza Syed
January 8, 2013 8:07 am
Do you have nothing to say about Qazi's role in what has become of Pakistan in the last 20 years? Qazi was such a brave and peace loving person that he fought 'jehad' by sacrificing blood of our innocent children while his own went abroad to get higher education, a sure sign of peace loving man, but he ensured peaceful life for himself and his family only. I hope that when he reaches the final destination, justice is done, and he is made to answer and justify spilling so much of innocent Pakistani blood.
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