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Nooruddin Sarki passes away

Karachi:Nooruddin Sarki, a well-known lawyer, political activist, and literary figure died Wednesday morning. He was 80.

Sarki, who worked till late Tuesday evening, complained of chest pain late that night. He was taken from his house in DHA to the Dr Ziauddin hospital in Clifton at around 5 in the morning but before doctors could carry out his angioplasty, he expired, his son, Shahabuddin Sarki told The News. He said that the late Sarki had no history of heart pain. It was sudden and the first one.

Born in Shikarpur on March 5, 1927, Sarki did his FSC in science from Karachi and got admission in the NED University but left it in the second year.

Sarki went back to Shikarpur where he graduated and became a secondary school teacher. Later, he again returned to Karachi for his Masters. He was then selected lecturer at Islamia College. During that period he also did his LL.B. and started his profession as a lawyer in 1957, which he continued for 50 years until his death.

Sarki was a full-time worker of the Communist Party of Pakistan. He remained with the party for almost three years starting 1949-50. He left the communist party as he did not agree with its policies on Sindh, according to Abdul Khaliq Junejo, his junior advocate and head of Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSM).

Though, Sarki was not a member of any political party at the time of his death, he remained a supporter of many nationalist political parties of Sindh. “All national parties thought he was part of them,” said Junejo.

Sarki was also among the patrons of the Sindhi Adabi Sangat, which is celebrating its golden Jubilee in December. He was head of the golden jubilee committee and chaired its meeting on Tuesday.

Sarki translated Tolstoy’s “What’s to be done”. Besides his letters to and from friends, selected poems of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry are among his compiled works.

Comrade Roochi Ram, a noted lawyer and Sarki’s friend, said Sarki took up hundreds of cases of the political activists free of charge.

Speaking at a conference of the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) a few years back, Sarki had stressed that all the people of Pakistan must endeavour for restoration of democracy. He said Parliament should be the supreme body in the country and the LFO and other undemocratic amendments must be rejected.

According to Ram, the Sindh High Court suspended work as a mark of respect to him on Wednesday.

He was laid to rest at the Mewa Shah Graveyard in Old Golimar.

He leaves behind his wife, a son, and two sisters, among other relatives, to mourn his loss.
Source: The News
Date:9/27/2007