LARKANA: Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro was born on May 7, 1959 to a religious family in the picturesque Akil village surrounded by thick guava orchards close to the Indus river near Larkana.
The village has produced many prominent personalities including chief
minister the late Ayoub Khuhro, Dr Hamida Khuhro, Nisar Ahmad Khuhro
and famous Sindhi poet Zaib Aakli.
Dr Soomro shot to prominence after he became a central leader of the Sindh chapter of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl.
His courage, grit and unwavering allegiance to Sindh’s rights earned him equal respect among friends and foes.
the death of his father Maulana Ali Mohammad Haqqani, Dr Soomro took up
his mantle and took charge of Ishaatul Quran madressah founded by his
father. He remained its head till his killing in Sukkur during Fajr
prayers on Saturday.
Dr Soomro was a highly learned scholar who
proved his mettle in all curricular and extracurricular activities
throughout his academic career, starting with his joining Shah Latif
Scouts Open Group and his participation in declamation contests in
1972-73 when he was doing matric at the Government Pilot Secondary
After having done his intermediate at the
Government Degree College where he organised the Jamiat Tulaba-i-Islam
(JTI), student wing of the JUI-F, he joined the Chandka Medical College
in 1976 and became joint secretary of the college’s students union.
During his stay at the CMC he not only organised the JTI but also actively participated in elections for student unions.
being a staunch follower of a particular religious school, Dr Soomro
was equally loved and respected by his friends and foes. After his
graduation in 1983 he chose to do the house job in paeds-medicine and
He also did masters in Islamic culture from Sachal
Sarmast Oriental College, Larkana, and completed his religious studies
from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, with distinction.
Iqbal Soomro, younger brother of Dr Soomro, said that his
brother was admitted to Al-Azhar University, Egypt, where he had the
honour of being a student of Prof Jadul Haq Jad, the then vice
chancellor of the university. After learning
extensively from different institutions, he decided to share his
father’s responsibilities who had by then grown very old.
He joined practical politics in 1988 and remained secretary general of the JUI-F Sindh chapter till 2014.
Soomro actively participated in the Movement for the Restoration of
Democracy in 1983 which landed him in Sukkur jail and he remained behind
bars for nine months.
Dr Soomro was in the forefront of a
protest when a military court set up at the Sir Shahnawaz Library was
trying his spiritual guide Maulana Abdul Karim of Bair Sharif near
Qambar town for a fatwa he had issued against Gen Ziaul Haq.
Soomro came in the limelight when he contested polls against former
prime minister Benazir Bhutto for NA-207. He fought for the same seat
against Faryal Talpur also.
He remained member of the Senate from
2006 to 2012 where he always spoke for the rights of Sindh. He was very
vocal against the division of Sindh.
This was the seventh murderous attack on Dr Soomro which proved fatal. He leaves a widow, six sons and three daughters.
Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2014
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