Veteran-politician and human rights lawyer Rasool Bux Palijo, 88, born on February 21, 1930 passed away in Karachi on Thursday following a protracted illness, media reported.
According to his party’s spokesperson, the deceased’s funeral will be held after Friday prayers, and will be laid to rest in his hometown of Jung Shahi, Thatta.
Sindh caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Fazlur Rahman, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah and PPP’s provincial president Nisar Khuhro expressed remorse at Palijo’s demise.
“Rasool Bux Palijo will always be remembered for his struggle and sacrifices for democracy,” said Bilawal. “His literary services will never be forgotten either. We are with his family in this time of grief.”
Palijo got his early education in Thatta, and secondary education from Karachi’s Sindh Madressatul Islam. He later graduated from the Sindh Law College and practiced as a Supreme Court lawyer.
Moreover, he played an active role in the eradication of the One Unit scheme as well as the Movement for Restoration of Democracy. He is also credited with giving a prominent role to women in Sindh politics.
Palijo spent almost 11 years of his life incarcerated in different jails. He authored nearly 26 books in Sindhi. During his imprisonment in Kot Lakhpat Jail, he wrote his diary, which was published in Sindhi language and was critically acclaimed.