Saturday, November 20, 2010
Prof Ghafoor Ahmad
Prof Ghafoor Ahmad is a respected name in Pakistani Politics. He was born on 26th June, 1927 in Braly in India. He earned his Master Degree in Commerce from Lakhnow University in 1948, later he, completed a course in Industrial Accounts and thus won the fellowship, of Institute of Cast and Management Accounts. He not only worked, in Industrial Organizations but also taught, in various educational Institutions, like Pakistan Institute of Industrial Accounts and Federal Urdu College Karachi. Due to his keen interest in educational and teaching activities he remained on the Syllabus Committees of Universities of Sindh and Karachi, for quite a long time.
He became the member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1950 at the age of 23. And then for years to come he discharged his duties, as Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi and at present, he is vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. From the beginning, he had a Pull for Politics and was elected member, Karachi Municipal Corporation in 1958. And then, in 1970, he was elected as Member National Assembly from Karachi. Yet again, in 1977, he was returned as MNA, and made Leader of Parliamentary, Party of Jamaat-e-Islami. He served as General Secretary of two Political Alliances of UDA (United Democratic Alliance) and PNA (Pakistan National Alliance) respectively.
He was member of the negotiating team, of the opposition which took part in decisive negotiations with Zulfqar Ali Bhutto, then Prime Minister of Pakistan, before, the imposition of Martial law in 1977. Willy Nelly, he held the portfolio of Industries as a Minister, on Persuasion by PNA Leadership, in the federal cabinet, from 1978 to 1979.When IJI (Islami Jamhoori Ittehad) was formed, he was asked to serve as General Sectary of the Alliance, and he served as such. He was elected as the Senator in 2002.
In his Political carrier he was arrested for a number of times and the longest period of his detention is nine months when Jamaat-e-Islami was declared defunct. However, it was restored by Supreme Court of Pakistan. Besides, he has penned down five books on Pakistani Politics. He is known for his tolerant, Democratic and considerate disposition.