KARACHI: Literary personalities and dignitaries at the Memorial Meeting on Sunday paid a rich tribute to noted historian and former Sindh education minister, late Dr Hamida Khuhro, for her innovative literary services in Sindh and said that with her death, Sindh has lost one of its great historian and educationist.
The gulf created by her death could not be plugged. Khuhro will be remembered forever in the history of Sindh. She was an honest politician besides being historian,” they said while addressing the Memorial Meeting for late Dr Hamida Khuhro at Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi today. Sindh Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of Oxford University Press, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations, former Mohtasib Sindh Sadiq Alkhairi, and late Hamda’s family persons- TV anchor Zarar Khuhro, and others were also present on the occasion.
On this occasion, Nisar Khuhro praised the services of late Dr Khuhro in the field of politics, history, education and literature rendered for the nation and termed her death a national loss. He said that Dr Khuhro made hectic efforts for ensuring quality education in the Sindh province.
Khuhro said she was an eminent scholar, a historian of integrity and politician of deep commitment. After having worked in various scholarly positions, she authored remarkable books on history. “She joined politics and twice served as Sindh’s education minister. Hamida Khuhro also served as a Professor of History at the University of Sindh.
Zarar Khuhro said that she was very kind lady who loved equally with rich and poor. “She was the fan of India actor Shahrukh Khan. Not only I miss her but all Sindh people also miss her. She greatly care us and never annoyed while discussing issues. I learnt lot from her.”
Oxford University Press (OUP) Managing Director Ameena Saiyid said that OUP had honor to publish some books of Hamida Khuhro. “ Hamida Khuhro always remained anxious for education progress in Sindh, and I have good relations with her for the last 25 years.”
Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi President Ahmed Shah said that Hamdia Khuhro still present in our memory for her great literary and history services. Her name will always be remembered, he added.
Abdull Hussain Haroon said that Hamida Khuhro was a great personality and her services in education and history will be remembered forever. “She was the daughter of Sindh as she always well understood issues of Sindh and made efforts for their solution.”
Hamdia Khuhro was the daughter of late Mohammad Ayub Khuhro, a former Chief Minister of Sindh. She did a PhD in South Asian History from the University of London and also attended the Universities of Karachi, Cambridge and Oxford. She left behind one daughter.
As an academic historian, Khuhro taught at Karachi and Oxford Universities before becoming a professor at Sindh University. She left Sindh University to concentrate on politics and writing. She joined the Sindh National Alliance in 1987 and in 1993 became a member of the Pakistan Muslim League. She had been appointed as Sindh’s Minister for Education and Literacy in 1990. In 2004, Khuhro was again appointed as Minister for Education. She died in Karachi after a brief illness on 12 February 2017, at the age of 80.
Her book are Sind Through the Centuries Karachi; The Making of Modern Sindh: British Policy and Social Change in the Nineteenth Century; Mohammed Ayub Khuhro: a life of courage in politics; and Karachi Megacity of Our Times.