Spiritual Leader of Hur Community and Chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Functional) Pir Mardan Shah-II, more commonly known as Pir Pagara, breathed his last at the age of 83 here on Tuesday, Geo News reported.
Pir Pagara was taken to a hospital in London for treatment after suffering from an infection following his surgery in Karachi a few days ago. Doctors at London’s Wellington Hospital said the cause of death was cardiac arrest. A Pakistan International Airlines flight would fly his dead body back home on Wednesday. He was born in 1928 at his native village – Pir Jo Goth. His father Pir Syed Sibghtullah Shah launched an armed struggle against the British in the form of Hur movement.Sibghatullah Shah-I provided forces to Syed Ahmed Shaheed to fight against Sikhs and since then these people are called as Hurs [free people]. The movement was practically started by Syed Sibghatullah Shah Shaheed Awal in 1246[Hijri].
Pagaras’ and their followers fought for freedom against British rulers and their supporters for 108 years – from 1843 to 1951.In 1922 when Sibghatullah Shah II [Sarah Bad Shah] became Pir Pagara he was only 12 years old.
In the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Pir Pagara asked his followers to fight alongside Pakistani troops.
His Hur Jawans fought bravely and captured many Indian posts.In 1971, his followers volunteered themselves for fight against India.