Bashir Ahmed Qureshi BiographyQureshi 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. 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.
Thori Phattak IncidentThe 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 LawBashir 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 CaravanQureshi 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 .
ImprisonmentThe 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 AwardHe 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 DeathBashir 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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