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Legendary landlord dies at 95

October 08, 2011

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DADU, Oct 7: Former MPA Haji Amir Bux Junejo, famous 'Otaqi Wadero' of Sindh whose guest house was open to all and sundry where they were fed round the clock, died at a Hyderabad hospital on Friday after a protracted illness. He was 95.

He is survived by three sons and seven daughters.

Hundreds of people used to visit his Otaq daily to have food. Awami Ittehad Party chairman Liaquat Ali Jatoi, former MPA Sadaqat Ali Jatoi and Pir of Ranipur Roshan Ali Shah were also among those who attended his funeral prayers.

Born on Dec 24, 1916 in Khanpur, Junejo passed middle examination and recruited to police in 1941. He left the job in 1946 and joined independence struggle by Muslim League.

In 1970s he joined PPP and was elected MPA on the party ticket three times in 1970, 1988 and 1990. Junejo took part in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy in 1983 and was sent to jail for six months.

He left PPP and joined PML in 1993 and was again elected MPA in 1997. After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, he stopped running for MPA and later rejoined PPP. Dawn

Talking to , Liaquat Ali Jatoi said that late Junejo was a good friend of his father Abdul Hameed Jatoi. He was a big-hearted person who loved to help the poor and feed the hungry.

He was famous in the area for his generosity and it was known to everybody that his guest house was the ultimate place where all weary travelers and the destitute and the hungry could have food and shelter and a lot of kindness.

Syed Asghar Shah, a villager, said that late Junejo provided three-time meal to hundreds of people daily. He was very kind to the poor and he used to provide grain to the poor for the entire family during wheat harvest season.

A writer Pavel Ahmed Junejo said that late Junejo had allocated income from 500 acres of his farmland to feed the hungry and his guests.

Late Junejo was laid to rest at Jamia Masjid Ali Bux Junejo in Kakar town and his funeral prayer was held in Ali Bux Junejo village.—Correspondent