Pakistan Peoples Party’s central leader and veteran politician of her age, Fauzia Wahab passed away on Sunday after remaining under treatment at a local hospital for three weeks.
Fauzia Wahab, 56, had undergone a gallbladder surgery at a local hospital but suffered serious post-operative complications, which proved fatal for the veteran politician.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Her funeral prayer will be offered at Sultan Masjid in Defence Phase-4, Karachi after Zohar prayers on Monday the day after Shab-e-Miraj.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in their separate messages of condolence expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the Fauzia Wahab’s demise.
“She died while fighting to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions,” the President said.
PPP has announced 10-days mourning on the tragic demise of its senior leader.
Pakistan Muslim League-N President, Nawaz Sharif, expressed grief on Fauzia Wahab’s death and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Babar Awan, talking to Geo News, expressed shock on the tragic news and sent condolences to the bereaved family.
Born in 1956, Fauzia Wahab was elected member of National Assembly from Sindh in general elections of 18 February 2008.
She was the eldest of four children. She got married in 1978 with Wahab Siddiqui, a journalist and TV anchorman in political talk shows in later years on Pakistan Television.
Fauzia Wahab acted in Haseena Moin’s drama serial ‘Kohar’ aired in 1991-92.
In February 1993, Wahab Siddiqui died of a massive heart attack and her life took a new turn. She then re-married prominent cardiologist Dr Athar Hussein.
In 1994, the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto nominated Fauzia Wahab to become the Information Secretary of women’s wing of the PPP in Sindh, a position Fauzia held till early 2002.
After the dissolution of the PPP government in November 1996, general elections were held in February 1997 in which she was nominated to contest the elections on NA-193, as a PPP candidate.
The PPP lost the elections and was confined to the opposition benches in the subsequent National Assembly.