KARACHI: Veteran politician and senior Pakistan People Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim died in the wee hours of Saturday at a local hospital, DawnNews reported.
Fahim, 76, was diagnosed with blood cancer and had been in a critical condition for some time but was brought back to Pakistan recently via an air ambulance.
Senior vice chairman of the PPP, Fahim was a member of the National Assembly from Hala (NA-218). He was also spiritual leader of the Sarwari Jamaat.
Condolences started to pour in with several politicians voicing their grief over the demise of the senior leader.
Born on August 4, 1939 in Hala, Sindh, Makhdoom Amin Fahim hailed from an influential feudal family.
He inherited the PPP’s politics from his late father Makhdoom Mohammad Zaman, who was one of the founder members of the party and a senior vice-president. Fahim was also a trusted aide of PPP’s former chief, Benazir Bhutto, especially during her years in self-imposed exile.
He graduated from Sindh University in 1961 and won his first National Assembly seat in 1970. Fahim was elected to the House seven times.
Fahim also served as a minister with various portfolios during PPP governments. He served as a Federal Minister of Communication (1988-90) and Minister of Housing and Public Works (1994-96) during Benazir’s two terms and recently served as Federal Minister for Commerce.
After Benazir was assassinated, Fahim felt sidelined by Asif Ali Zardari. Apart from being passed over for the position of party chief, Fahim’s name was also dropped as PPP’s candidate for prime minister in 2008. Despite the snub, Fahim stuck to the party and was later appointed federal commerce minister.