Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2020
Published in Category: Karachi

Famed scholar Allama Zameer Akhtar Naqvi passes away in Karachi

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KARACHI: Famed religious scholar Allama Zameer Akhtar Naqvi passed away on Sunday from a heart attack, his relatives said. He was 76 years old.

He was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital late Saturday night where he died due to a heart attack, according to his relatives.

Naqvi was born in 1944 in the Indian city of Lucknow where he studied until graduation, later moving to Karachi in 1967.

He had a PhD from the University of Karachi and was known to have knowledge of science, philosophy, literature, culture, journalism and Islamic history. He also remained the editor of the Al Kalam magazine besides heading the Anees Academy.

He also authored 28 books on various subjects, including Urdu ghazals and the events of Karbala.

His funeral prayers were offered in at the Ancholi Imambargah after the Maghrib prayers.

Condolences started pouring in as soon as the news of the scholar’s demise broke. Several politicians were also among those who expressed grief.

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed his condolences. He said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of Allama Zameer Akhtar’s demise, adding that the country has been robbed of a great religious scholar.

“He was a proponent of interfaith and inter-sect harmony. He will be remembered for his efforts to promote religious scholarship for a long time,” he added.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also expressed his condolences and prayed for his forgiveness.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail expressed sadness over the popular scholar’s demise, his spokesperson said, adding that he prayed Dr Naqvi’s forgiveness and elevation of ranks. “May God grant patience to his bereaved family,” Ismail said, as per his spokesperson.

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal also expressed grief over the death of the renowned scholar. He said, “The services of Allama Syed Zameer Naqvi will always be remembered. The chairman said that his thoughts were with his family during this difficult time.