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LAHORE: PPP’s senior leader Jehangir Badr died of cardiac arrest late on Sunday night. He was 72.

A close aide to the late Benazir Bhutto and a die-hard PPP worker, Mr Badr was admitted to a private hospital in Defence after he suffered a heart attack in the evening.

According to a PPP leader, doctors tried their best but couldn’t save his life. Mr Badr had been ill for quite some time as he was suffering from kidney complications.

He had reduced his political activities because of his deteriorating health.

Born in 1944 in Lahore, Mr Badr started his political career as a student leader from the Punjab University. He was imprisoned during Gen Zia’s dictatorial regime. He served as a federal minister and a senator and also assumed various party offices.

He is likely to be laid to rest in Lahore on Monday.

Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2016