First death anniversary of veteran communist leader and rights activist Jam Saqi is being observed today (March 5). Jam Saqi was a politician, activist and author of seven books. He also anlaunched newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Halchal.
Saqi was born in October 31, 1944, was born in the village of Jhanji in taluka Chachro, Tharparkar. He began his political career as part of a student union in 1961, and was elected as general secretary of the Hyderabad Students Federation.
Later, he laid the foundation of the Sindh National Students Federation and was elected the founder-president. The left-wing politician from Sindh was a staunch communist. He joined the National Awami Party in 1972 and later served as the general secretary of the Communist Party of Pakistan.
Saqi was arrested in 1978 during the Zia regime and tried before a military court in the 80s. He was jailed for about seven years until 1988. His first wife ended her life upon learning that her husband was being tortured in solitary confinement. He joined the Pakistan Peoples Party in the 90s, and remained a member of the PPP Sindh Council until his death.
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17 November, 2019