Pakistan Peoples Party’s central leader and veteran politician of her age, Fauzia Wahab passed away on Sunday after remaining under treatment at a local hospital for three weeks.
Fauzia Wahab, 56, had undergone a gallbladder surgery at a local hospital but suffered serious post-operative complications, which proved fatal for the veteran politician.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA and Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab was in coma at Orthopedic and Medical Institute (OMI), in Karachi. On Saturday, she was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital. On Sunday her condition became critical and she was on ventilator and around 08:00pm she expired.
PPP leader Waqar Mehdi confirmed that Fauzia Wahab was no more. She had been hospitalized since May 24.
Mehdi said that her funeral prayers would be offered at Mubarak Mosque in Defence Phase-4, Karachi, after Zuhr prayers on Monday.
The PPP has announced 10-day mourning on the tragic demise of its senior leader.
President Asif Ali Zardari also showed his concerns on the PPP leader’s death. Muttaihida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Babar Ghouri said that negligence of doctors resulted in Wahab’s death.
PPP leader Sharmila Farooqi said that investigations of Wahab’s death should be made.
Pakistan Muslim League-N President, Nawaz Sharif, expressed grief on Fauzia Wahab's death and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain, PML-N Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain of PML-Q, Rehman Malik, Raza Haroon, Babar Awan, Zahid Khan of ANP, Agha Siraj Durrani, Ayaz Soomro, Manzoor Wasan, Mazhar Magsi and other politicians expressed profound grief at Fauzia Wahab’s demise. She was a member of National Assembly from Sindh returned on a reserved seat for women after the February 18, 2008 general elections. Fauzia Wahab was appointed as the new central Information Secretary of the Pakistan Peoples Party in place of Sherry Rehman on March 18, 2009.
Personal Life: She was the eldest of four children. She got married in 1978 with Wahab Siddiqui, a journalist and TV anchorman in political talk shows in later years on Pakistan Television. Wahab had four children. Fauzia Wahab acted in Haseena Moin's drama serial 'Kohar' aired in 1991-92. In February 1993, Wahab Siddiqui died of a massive heart attack and her life took a new turn. She then re-married prominent cardiologist Dr Athar Hussein.
Political career: In 1994, the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto nominated Fauzia Wahab to become the Information Secretary of women's wing of the PPP in Sindh, a position Fauzia held till early 2002. After the dissolution of the PPP government in November 1996, general elections were held in February 1997 in which she was nominated to contest the elections on NA-193, as a PPP candidate. The PPP lost the elections and was confined to the opposition benches in the subsequent National Assembly.