Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) founding member, Dr Mubashir Hasan, passed away aged 88 at his residence in Lahore on Saturday.
Mubashir Hasan had been unwell and under treatment for the past three days.
He survived by his wife, Dr Zeenat Hussain.
It is said that the foundation stone of the PPP was laid in Dr Hasan’s house in Gulberg, Lahore.
A close aide of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he also one of the contributors to PPP’s first ever manifesto.
Along with J.A. Rahim and S. Mohammad Rashid, Hasan was one of the main architects behind organizing the PPP across cities.
He elected as a member of the National Assembly in 1970 and served as finance minister in Bhutto’s cabinet from 1971-74.
He helped Bhutto in establishing the Ministry of Science in 1972.
Mubashir Hasan assigned the responsibility to arrange funding for Pakistan’s nuclear project. He also helped establish the Kahuta Research Laboratories.
Later, Dr Hasan developed differences with the PPP and left to join Ghinwa Bhutto’s PPP-Shaheed Bhutto.
Mubashir Hasan passes away aged 88
Three years ago, he also resigned from the Punjab presidency of Ghinwa’s party.
Dr. Hasan was also one of the founding members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy.
Besides being a seasoned politician, he was a civil engineer, scientist, journalist and analyst and author of over 10 books.
The PPP’s Punjab chapter expressed condolences on Dr Hasan’s death.
The chapter’s president, Qamar Zaman Kaira, in a statement said Hasan “became the voice of the oppressed”, adding that his services for the people would always be remembered.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a tweet also “deeply mourned” the veteran politician’s death.
Dr Hasan’s funeral will held at his residence in Lahore’s Gulberg at 5pm on Saturday.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a tweet also “deeply mourned” the politician’s death.
HRCP deeply mourns the passing of Dr Mubashir Hasan, a leading public intellectual, author, politician, and one of the Commission's founder members. He was also one of the architects of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy. His is an irreparable loss.
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) March 14, 2020