Bashir Ahmed Qureshi

Bashir Ahmed Qureshi (Politician)

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Bashir Ahmed Qureshi was a Sindhi nationalist.He was the leader of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) a Sindhi nationalist movement in Sindh which was founded by G. M. Syed.Qureshi belongs to Ratodero of Larkana district and was a popular Sindhi nationalist and follower of GM Syed’s mission who wanted the independence of Sindh.

Title Description
Personal
Name: Bashir Ahmed Qureshi
In Urdu: بشير احمد قريشي‎
Famous As: Politician
Nationality: Pakistani
Education: Masters
Alma Mater: Sindh Agriculture University
Religion: Islam
Profession: Politics
Other names : Abu Jihad Bashir Khan Qureshi[
Born
Date: 10 August 1959
Place: Ratodero, Larkano District, Pakistan, Sindh Province
Family
Spouse: Saeeda Qureshi
Children: 3 Sons and 4 Daughters
Parents: Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi (father), Gulshan Qureshi (mother)
Died
Date: 7 April 2012
Rest Place: Sakrand, Nawabshah, Pakistan, Sindh Province
Cause of death : Poison by Phosphorus
Aaged: 52


Bashir Ahmed Qureshi Biography

Qureshi was born to the Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi at Motan Pur Mohalla in Ratodero, Larkana District in the province of Sindh.Qureshi left behind his wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters. His eldest son Sanan Qureshi is the present chairperson of the party.[1]  Biography Analysts say his demise marks the end of an epoch in the nationalist political history of Pakistan.Qureshi was the leader of the JSQM-Qureshi, a nationalist party that came into existence after a split in the Jeay Sindh Tehreek (JST), which struggled after the death of JST founder GM Syed.[2]  JSQM 

Political Career

Bashir Ahmed Qureshi

Bashir Ahmed Qureshi

He took part into students' politics. He joined Jeay Sindh Students Federation in the year 1976.He was greatly impressed by the thinking of Saeen G. M. Syed and worked hard to spread his message throughout Sindh. He was elected as President of the Federation Tando Jam Unit in the year 1980 but after two years (1982) was elected as Central Vice President of the Federation. He was also elected as Central President of the Federation in the year 1986. In 1990, he was re-elected for the same office. When, in the year 1995, Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz was formed he was behind the bars but was elected as Deputy Convener of the newly formed party.Bashir was later elected as Secretary General of the Mahaz in 1996 and finally became the chairman in 1998. Bashir Khan Qureshi, being a firebrand leader played a very active role in politics of Sindh, which earned him great respect. He saw his first incarceration at the hands of Tando Jam police in 1978.[3] Career

Thori Phattak Incident

The Thori Phattak incident (Aug 17, 1984) was a turning point in his life when five activists of the Jeay Sindh Students Federation were shot dead by the security forces at Thori Phatak, near Manjhand, district Jamshoro. They were encountered by the troops, while they were on their way to Larkana, for protesting against army's intervention in politics.

Martial Law

Bashir played a vital role in mobilizing the members of the Federation and worked hard to strengthen the Federation. Bashir also took active part in the movement against Martial Law. Later, he was arrested on Jan 15, 1985 at Rato Dero.

Peace Caravan

Qureshi also started a peace caravan to end tribal conflicts in Sindh. Though this approach inspired the people, some party leaders challenged the initiative on the basis that it would “further strengthen the powers of feudal lords and tribal chieftains, which was not in the interest of the common people living under the tribal system.”Qureshi was named after the co-founder of the Palestinian Al-Fatah and military commander Abu Jihad. His portraits are displayed on major roads and roundabouts in different cities and towns across Sindh. His bravery has also inspired the youth, a number of whom left their political parties and joined the JSQM under his leadership .

Imprisonment

The Military Court awarded him one-year imprisonment in each two cases along with 10 lashes, which were implemented. Finally, he was set free in August 1986. Bashir was again arrested on August 11, 1988 after Sindhi-Mohajar riots. This time, he was jailed for 18 months. Again, he was arrested on Jan 02, 1994 ( PPP regime) for two years. Later he was arrested on Jan 17, 1999 on his way to attend the birth celebration of Saeen G. M. Syed and was set free in November 1999 after a struggle of 11 months. Bashir remained in prison for the total period of 6 years and 10 months. He spent best days of his life in prison.

Book and Award

He is author of his book entitled "Jaagya Junge Jawaan" in Sindhi language, published in 1989, which is collection of various speeches delivered by him. Bashir was awarded "G. M. Syed National Award" in the year 1997.

Reason of Death

Bashir Khan Qureshi lost his life mysteriously at the age of 54 on the month of 7th April 2012 at Sakrand. Qureshi was visiting JSQM supporters in the village of Dera Magsi, Nawabshah District when he instantly lost his consciousness after having dinner with other party members. He had chest pain followed by a cough. Qureshi was moved to a regional hospital, where he died at 2:45 am.

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