Fauzia Wahab was admitted to a local hospital and underwent a gall bladder surgery where her condition went critical after two weeks of surgery. She died on Sunday evening. Pakistan Peoples Party announced 10-days mourning on her death. PPP leader Waqar Mehdi confirmed that Fauzia Wahab was no more. She had been hospitalized since May 24. Mehdi said that her funeral prayers would be offered at Mubarak Mosque in Defence Phase-4, Karachi, after Zuhr prayers on Monday,18th June 2012.
Fauzia Wahab went into a coma after remaining in critical condition at an intensive care unit. Her condition deteriorated on Saturday night owing to the complications after her primary gall bladder surgery. Two more surgeries were performed in order to control her internal bleeding and other complications. She has been admitted to the Orthopedic Medical Institute (OMI) for the past 23 days, said Fauzia Wahab’s son, Murtaza. She underwent a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) last night. According to the physician, she was gaining and losing consciousness and was having serious breathing problems. Her internal bleeding had worsened the situation. She has even had a tracheostomy, an operation in which the neck is incised, making an opening in the windpipe in order to allow direct access to the breathing tube. However, it was difficult to maintain her respiration as oxygen was not reaching her brain.
A student of International Relations from the University of Karachi, she made her way into politics as a student leader and by campaigning for human rights. Fauzia Wahab held many key positions in the PPP and was a close aide of the slain leader of the party, Benazir Bhutto. Fauzia Wahab was a member of National Assembly from Sindh returned on a reserved seat for women after the February 18, 2008 general elections. Fauzia Wahab had received death threats after saying that CIA contractor Raymond Davis, accused of killing two Pakistani men in January, has diplomatic immunity and should be released. Although she said this was her personal view, the party asked her to resign as information secretary. Colleagues advised Wahab to keep a low profile. For weeks, she hunkered down inside the Karachihome she shared with her husband and three children from their previous marriages. Fauzia Wahab late Benazir Bhutto, during a devastating 2007 suicide attack on her homecoming rally that killed more than 150 in Karachi.
Important Dates of Fauzia Wahab’s Life:
- Born in 1956, Fauzia Wahab was the eldest of her four siblings.
- 1978: Fauzia Wahab was married to Wahab Siddiqui, a journalist and TV anchorman in political talk shows in later years on Pakistan Television. For the next fourteen years, she was a housewife and had four children.
- Fauzia Wahab acted in Haseena Moin’s drama serial ‘Kohar’ as the cousin of the hero played by then famous model Junaid Butt. The Drama was aired in 1991-92 and directed by M Zaheer Khan
- February 1993, Wahab Siddiqui died of a massive heart attack and her life took a new turn. She then re-married prominent cardiologist Dr Athar Hussein.
- 18th March 2009: Fauzia Wahab had been appointed as the new central Information Secretary of the Pakistan Peoples Party in place of Sherry Rehman
- 24th May 2012: She was admitted in a hospital at Karachi, was in a critical condition.
- 29th May 2012: Fauzia Wahab, a central leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) went through a gall bladder surgery.
- 30th May 2012: She developed post-operative complications. She was put on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). However she didn’t recover from post operative complications.
- 17th June 2012: Fauzia Wahab passes away in a local hospital at 8:00pm
- 18th June 2012: Fauiza Wahab’s funeral prayers would be offered at Mubarak Mosque in Defence Phase-4, Karachi, after Zuhr prayers.