PPP's Rafique Engineer passes away
06 March, 2013
KARACHI: Leader Pakistan People's Party and Sindh Minister for Archives, Advocate Muhammad Rafique Engineer died on Tuesday due to cardiac arrest.
He was 49. The deceased was working as Minister for Archives in the Sindh cabinet having additional portfolio of Special Education. He started his political career from Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) during the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq, and was associated with the People Students Federation during his college years. He also remained General Secretary of the PPP in Karachi.
He was an active member of the Sindh Assembly (SA) and the cabinet. Engineer convened the last cabinet meeting on Wednesday. In the recent assembly session, Rafique Engineer had strongly protested against a television programme broadcast by a private TV Channel against the people of Lyari. He was elected MPA of the PPP from Lyari in 2008.
Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah and MQM leaders were among those who visited his residence to express grief on his death. Speaker SA Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Rafique and termed his death a great loss for PPP and Sindh.
Khuhro paid rich tribute to his political, social and human rights services and said his political services will be long remembered. The deceased suffered a heart attack while he was out for a morning walk. He was immediately shifted to a private hospital in Defence, but could not survive. He was laid to rest at Mewa Shah Graveyard. Engineer left behind two children, a son and a daughter.
SPY grieved: Sindh Peoples Youth leaders Khalid Raheem Khatak, Idrees Gujar, Arshad Ali Joeya, Sajid Gujar, Hanif Balouch and Ayaz Khan in a joint condolence statement expressed their grief and sorrow on the sad demise of prominent PPP leader Rafique Engineer.
The SPY leaders termed the demise as irreparable loss to PPP and democracy. They also hailed the role and struggle of Rafique Engineer for democracy and rights of poor people in Pakistan.