RAWALPINDI: Senior politician Syed Kabir Ali Wasti died due to cardiac arrest on Saturday. He was 78.

His funeral prayers were offered at Makki Masjid Commercial Market near his residence in Satellite Town, which was attended by PPP General Secretary Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and other senior politicians and public.

Mr Wasti was close aide to Malik Qasim of Pakistan Muslim League-Qasim group. He supported former prime minister Benazir Bhutto but later Joined Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam and became Senior Vice President of the party during the government of Gen Pervez Musharraf.

However, he developed differences with the PML-Q and remained inactive in politics for some time and later supported Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Before his death, Mr Wasti was associated with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), his son, Awais Wasti, told Dawn.

PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the senior politician.

In his condolence message, Mr Bukhari said the news of Kabir Wasti’s death had saddened him. His political and social services will be remembered.

“Mr Wasti struggled for democracy with Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy,” he said, expressing his condolences with Mr Wasti’s son Syed Owais Wasti and brother Mohammad Ali Wasti.

Published in Dawn, August 21st, 2022

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