Unfortunately, due to hectic election campaigning shortly after
the elections Jadu mia fell sick and after fighting a three day
long battle to survive he died at the Post Graduate Hospital on
the night of March 12, 1979. Indian and Pakistani doctors were flown
in to examine Jadu mia's health condition but to no avail - he had
already suffered brain death and was kept artificially alive for
three days. A pall of gloom prevailed in the country as people observed
three day state mourning. People from all walks of life and from
different corners of the country came in to have a last glimpse
of their beloved Jadu mia.
Jadu mia was buried with state honor befitting a prime minister,
his body carried on a gun carriage pulled by President Zia among
others and 31 gun salute was fired and bugle blew as the great man's
body was being lowered in the grave. Thus came to an end a life
committed to the democratic process, a life dedicated to the people
of this country.
The sudden and untimely death of Jadu mia was a tragedy at several
levels. It was a personal tragedy for his family, relatives, friends
and well wishers. For the nation it represented a loss of a senior
politician with proven political and parliamentary capabilities.
It was a blow to the BNP, the fledgling political party which he
was expected to mould and give a recognizable shape to. It was a
larger tragedy for the man himself. He had striven all his life
in politics with a measure of indifferent success. But after a colorful
career when he stood on the threshold of greater achievements, the
tragic end came.
Without Jadu mia the nation is shorn of an adornment and a man
of stature, a capable senior leader who made himself heard, his
influence felt and above all who could inject a degree of political
direction. His death was a great loss to the nation at a time when
Jadu mia still held so much promise.