KARACHI (92 News) – Funeral prayers for Karachi ex-Nazim and senior Jamat-e-Islami (JI) leader Niamatullah Khan offered on Wednesday.
Leaders of various political parties attended the funeral ceremony of the JI leader. The funeral prayers were offered by JI chief Sirajul Haq at Noor-e-Haq on New MA Jinnah Road, Karachi.
The funeral was attended by the Sindh governor, the Sindh chief minister, MQM leader Aamir Khan, Wasim Akhtar, PSP chairman Mustafa Kamal, Farooq Sattar and others.
Political leaders pay rich tributes to Niamatullah Khan. The people are visiting his home for condolence.
Meanwhile, the political leaders are expressing sorrow on the sad demise of the JI leader.
A day earlier, Naimatullah Khan has passed away after prolonged illness. He was under-treatment in Clifton’s private hospital.
JI chief Sirajul Haq
termed the death of Nematullah Khan as a great loss for Karachi and the party, saying that his inner and outer was beautiful.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail also expressed sorrow over demise of the former City Nazim and said that his efforts in the construction and development of Karachi could not be forgotten.
Imran Ismail also prayed for the forgiveness of Niamatullah Khan, the elevation of the rank and patience of the relatives.
Naimthullah Khan was born 1 October 1930 at Ajmer in Rajasthan. His father, Abdul Shakoor Khan, used to work for the Railways department while his mother, Bismillah Begum, was a housewife.
His father passed away in 1940 and the family moved to Karachi in 1947.
At the age of 15, Nematullah Khan was an activist of the Tehreek-e-Pakistan, was attending the “All India Muslim Legislators Conference” under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam.
After migrating to Pakistan, he graduated from Punjab University, got a Master’s degree in Persian Literature from the University of Karachi.
Khan went on to complete his double MA in journalism and Persian along with LLB. He even served as a stenographer for Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta, the first elected Karachi mayor.
He was the first Nazim of Karachi after the devolution plan under former president Pervez Musharraf regime. He belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami being inspired by the thoughts of Abul A'la Maududi and Naeem Siddiqui. He was the city nazim of Karachi from August 2001 to June 2005.
Naimatullah Khan was elected City Nazim in 2001. Nematullah Khan succeeded in getting an amount of Rs2900 Million for reconstruction of Karachi, city council approved various projects such as 18 flyovers over major roads, six underpasses, two signal-free roads and a huge water supply scheme for the people of Karachi.
It was for the first time in the history of Karachi that all the stake holders in Karachi were incorporated for the developmental work in Karachi. The Karachi development plan comprised signal-free main roads, many fly overs, underpasses and the replacement of many water and sewerage lines.
Naimthullah Khan resigned from his office in June 2005, and was not re-elected in Pakistan's next 2005 local city elections.