KARACHI: Former Sindh governor and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chairman Air Marshal (retd) Azim Daudpota passed away in Karachi on Monday. He was 83.
A war hero in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, Azim was suffering from multiple diseases, his family revealed.
Funeral prayers will be offered at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Shahra-e-Faisal base at 1:30pm. He will be buried at PAF graveyard, Korangi base.
Azim was born on December 14, 1993 in Mumbai, India. His father, Umar Bin Mohammad Daudpota, was a famous Sindhi scholar known as Shams-ul-Ulama (Sun of the scholars). His family originally belonged to Talti village of Sindh’s Dadu district.
Azim received his early education from St Patrick’s school in Karachi and Dayaram Jethmal Sindh College, following which he joined the Pakistan Air Force.
In 1952, Azim was sent for training to Royal Australian Air Force Academy at Point Cook from where he graduated in 1955. He completed his graduation from PAF Staff College at Drigh Road, Karachi. He later went to Royal College of Defence Studies in London and returned to Sargodha as base commander.
In 1986, Azim was appointed as managing director PIA and later the airline’s chairman in 1989.
In 1999, then president, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf invited Azim to Islamabad and appointed him as the Sindh governor. Azim took oath on October 25, however, seven months later, he was removed from his post.2017-04-03