Pir Pagara (Sindhi: پير پاڳارو)
Former Member National Assembly of Pakistan
Born November 22, 1928 British Raj
Died January 10, 2012 (aged 83) London, UK
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (F)
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II widely known as Pir Pagara (Urdu: پیر پگارا, Sindhi: پير پاڳارو; November 22, 1928 — January 10, 2012) was the spiritual leader of Hurs and president of political party Pakistan Muslim League (F) he is commonly known in Pakistan as Pir Sahib Pagara and Pir Shaab he was an instrumental figure in the Pakistani politics and the leader of Hur Force in Pakistan who also participated Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 he was very famous in prediction about Pakistani politics he died on on January 11, 2012 in London, UK due to liver infection.
Pir Pagara is a title given to the leader of Sunni Muslim Sufi order of Hurs in Sindh province of Pakistan. It comes from the Persian word Pir (Chief) and the Sindhi word ‘Pagara’ which means (Chieftain’s Turban).The Last Pir Pagara was Hazrat Pir Syed Mardan Shah II he was born in Pir Jo Goth, Sindh in 1928, Pir Pagara spent a major part of his life being actively engaged in Pakistan’s politics. His father Hazrat Pir Syed Sibghatullah Shah II was hanged on 20 March 1943 by the British colonial government during his struggle against British Colonial Rule
After the defeat of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah by Ayub Khan in Presidential run, Mohtarma declared the Muslim League Functional and made Pir Pagaro as the head of Muslim League, he was nominated as first president of United Muslim League as well. He was Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), and spiritual leader of the ‘Hur’ jamaat. He was one of the most influential and respected political personalities of Pakistan. He was very famous for his predictions on politics of Pakistan. He was usually visited by many senior politicians of Pakistan such as Sheikh Rasheed, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, Chaudhry Shujaat, Raza Haroon and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Holders of the title Pir Pagara:
Following have been awarded the title of Pir Pagara:
Pir Rozeh Dhani
Pir Tajar Dhani
Pir Mafaay Dhani
Pir Banglay Dhani
Pir Kot Dhani
Soreh Badshah (Sibghatullah II) (1921–1943)
Pir Pagara (1928-2012)
Pir Pagara’s younger wife takes over Kingri House administration (June 01, 2011):
ISLAMABAD: The administrative affairs of the Kingri House have been taken over by Shabnum Bibi, the younger wife of Pir Sahab Pagara, the PML-F chief, due to his deteriorating health.
Shabnum Bibi has also removed Pir Pagara’s personal secretary Dr Karim Mehar and appointed her brother Mehdi Shah in his place. The Choti Begum has also made several other officials of the Kingri House including Abdul Basit dysfunctional.
The 84-year-old Pagara is presently in the Kingri House in Karachi. However, Pir Sahab Pagara said in a statement that no one could become Pir Pagara as long as he is alive.
He said one of his three sons will become Pir Pagara after his death. He said he was feeling better and his friends and devotees of Harr tribes should not pay any heed to rumours about his health condition. He said that the matters of the Kingri House were being run as per tradition.
He was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) on November 24 for treatment of infected lungs, according to doctors he was in very serious condition therefore he was put on a ventilator and flown to London on special air ambulance on January 5, along with physician and family members.
According to the doctors in Wellington hospital London, they had changed his medication for a while he was being fed trough Intravenous (IV) therapy however, he died at Wellington Hospital in North London on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 P.M. according to Pakistan standard time. He died due to liver infection, his body was returned to country on the next day after all formalities. Most of political parties of Pakistan including the Hurs send their condolences and grief messages to family. His body is scheduled to be buried in his native town Pir jo Goth.
Yousaf Raza Gillani (son of PM Gillani) with his wife (grand daughter of Pir Pagara)