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Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami former chief laid to rest

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 6, IRNA -- Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Peshawar on Sunday.

Earlier his funeral prayer was offered at Ring Road in Peshawar.

The funeral prayer was led by JI Chief Munawwar Hasan and was attended by thousands, including several politicians.

Qazi Hussain, 74, died in a hospital on Sunday morning where he was admitted three days ago after he suffered heart problem.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian, Islamic democracy advocate and had been the chief of Jamaat for 22 years.

He was a strong critic of counter-terrorism policy of the United States, and was widely known for his opposition against United States' participation in civil war in the neighbouring Afghanistan.

Ahmed was suffering from cardiac disease for quite some time and turned critical three days ago.

Qazi joined Jamaat in 1978 and was elected as the party's chief in 1987, a position he would be reelected to on two more occasions before finally stepping down in 2009.

In November 2012, Ahmed had escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt when a female suicide bomber tried to kill him by blowing herself up. Three of his guards were injured in the attack in Mohmand tribal region.

Qazi Ahmed, who was head of the Jamaat for almost 22 years, had decided to step down from his post in 2009.

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