HYDERABAD: A condolence reference was held at Khanabadosh Writers’ Cafe on Sunday evening to pay homage to Suraiya Makhdoom, a nationalist intellectual and prominent figure in Sindh’s politics.

Dr Arfana Mallah, who hosted the event, introduced Suraiya Makhdoom to the gathering and said she was a dynamic and vibrant personality who transcended age, ideology, and gender.

Dr Qamar Rajpar of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who was late Suraiya’s close associate, recalled her unwavering commitment to nationalist politics and her role as a flag bearer for the Jeay Sindh movement.

Naseem Jalbani remembered her as a role model and teacher at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, while Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio praised her unconditional dedication to Sindh’s cause.

Singer Mazhar Hussain shared memories of her involvement with Sindhi artists and efforts to promote national meetings and events.

Badar Channa, convener of Sufi Forum, praised late Suraiya’s selfless leadership, stating that she never did politics for personal gain, but only for the love of Sindh. He hailed her as a selfless and irresistible leader.

Naseer Mirza, a noted broadcaster, remembered her as a friend beyond ideology and politics, while Ismail Wasan lamented the loss of Sindh by her passing away.

Hafeez Qureshi recalled her close relationship with G.M. Syed, who greatly valued her opinion and political insight.

Wahid Kandharo noted late Suraiya was one of three prominent women, who were all named Suraiya, in Sindh’s nationalist politics.

Dr Thamina Mufti shared a fond memory of her time with late Suraiya at Marvi Hostel while Amar Sindhu lamented loss of moral values in Sindh’s political landscape which Suraiya embodied.

Imdad Chandio and Nazeer Qureshi said that she commanded respect among all despite having differences.

The programme concluded with a candlelight vigil and recitation of songs in honour of Suraiya’s enduring legacy in Sindh’s politics and culture.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2024

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