Pyar Ali Allana passes away
KARACHI: Pyar Ali Allana, Sindh minister of education in the Seventies and one of the founders of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), died here on Thursday. He was 68.
He died after a protracted illness in his house in Defence Housing Authority. He had been paralysed for the past three years. He leaves behind his wife, three sons and a daughter. Pyar Ali Allana was son of Ghulam Ali Allana, intellectual and politician.
He was laid to rest in the graveyard of Ismaili community in Golimar. Pyar Ali Allana’s father, G A Allana, was a leader of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah-led Muslim League.
Pyar Ali Allana was elected member of the Sindh assembly on the ticket of the Pakistan People’s Party and became minister of education. He also served as provincial minister of finance.
Pyar Ali Allana had organised a seminar on “Sindh through the centuries” in the mid-Seventies. On the instructions of Begum Nusrat Bhutto, he had held talks with the main opposition parties for formation of the MRD. He had been imprisoned for about five years during the regime of Gen Ziaul Haq.