Rasool Bux Palejo

Rasool Bux Palejo, a well-known writer, scholar, politician, lawyer and thinker took his last breath on Thursday 7th June at a Karachi hospital. The demise of this great leader has saddened the whole nation. He was born on 21 February 1930 at Jungshahi (British, India), where he acquired his early education and moved to Karachi for pursuing LLB degree.
At little age, he had very good command over Sindhi, Urdu and English. Later on, by his assiduous efforts he learnt other renowned languages including Arabic, Bengali, Persian and Hindi. No doubt, Palejo Sahib was a man of integrity, action, struggle, status and sublime character and one of the greatest political leaders with prodigious leadership qualities in political history of Pakistan. He started taking part in politics in 1970 by forming the Awami Tehreek Party.
In addition, as a human rights activist, he burned the midnight oil and spoke out for the rights of poor and common men. Besides, he played his crucial role in safeguarding the due rights of peasants. Rasool Bux Palejo also went an extra mile for restoring democracy in Pakistan. Apart from this, he performed in Supreme Court of Pakistan as a lawyer. In the field of literature, he also did tremendous job by writing almost 25 books particularly in Sindhi.
He was imprisoned several times owing to his undiminished struggle to bring about positive change in society but his spirit and enthusiasm never lessened. In 1981, Amnesty International called him ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. There is no denying the fact that Sir Rasool Bux Palejo spent his entire life in an attempt to uplift the suppressed people. Undeniably, his legacy is unforgettable that will always remain fresh in our hearts.
ASSAD ALI BALOCH
Dadu, Sindh

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