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- Monday, August 27, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The workers of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Sunday offered funeral prayer in absentia for the departed souls of Engineer Ahsan Aziz and his wife, who were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan on August 18.


JI provincial chief Prof Mohammad Ibrahim Khan led the funeral prayer that was attended by scores of party activists. Talking to The News after the funeral prayer, Prof Ibrahim condemned the drone strikes.


About Ahsan Aziz, Prof Ibrahim admitted he had remained a worker of the JI since his student life. “However, he later started opposing the policies of the JI because he believed in the armed struggle against the US,” the JI leader added.


The 43-year old Ahsan Aziz was among the known figures of the Afghan Taliban. Hailing from Mirpur town of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Aziz, had remained a senior leader of Islami Jamiat-i- Talaba, the JI-affiliated students organisation. After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Ahsan Aziz moved to Afghanistan to join the resistance movement against the occupying foreign forces.


Though he had left the JI in the late 1990s, the party did not forget him. His funeral in absentia was offered at the Mirpur Cricket Stadium in Azad Kashmir on August 22.