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Former President Farooq Leghari's seventh death anniversary today
Former President Farooq Leghari's seventh death anniversary today
Published at: 8 month(s) ago

Lahore: The seventh death anniversary of Pakistan’s eighth President Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari is being observed today.

Leghari’s political credentials had secured him the presidency during late Benazir Bhutto’s government and went on to serve in the office until four years later in 1993, on November 14 when he resigned.

The politician who led demonstrations against former dictator, Ziaul Haq in 1980s was the first Baloch to serve as the president of Pakistan.

He was born in Choti Zareen village in Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab on May 2, 1940, in what then was British India. He studied in different educational institutions in Lahore before shifting to London for studies.

He remained affiliated with three different political parties during his political career, Pakistan People’s party (PPP), Millat Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q). He was first elected as a senator on PPP’s ticket but quit the party in 1997 to join Millat.

However, the affiliation did not last more than five years and he joined PML-Q in 2004 and remained a supporter until his death in 2010. Leghari died at the age of 70 years and five months on Tuesday October 19, 2010 at the Armed forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) Rawalpindi.

Historians state that Leghari’s father was a freedom fighter who was detained in 1946 as a political prisoner. However, after 1947, his father served as a provincial minister of Punjab for around six years.

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