Author, historian, educationist Dr Hamida Khuhro passes away

Author, historian, educationist Dr Hamida Khuhro passes away

KARACHI: Renowned historian and former Sindh education minister, Dr Hamida Khuhro passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 81 on Sunday morning in Karachi.

She was born on August 13, 1913 at Aqil Village in Larkana district of Sindh. Khuhro's sister Rashida Pasha told Daily Times that she was eldest among six siblings. She further said that Khuhro died at her residence in Karachi on early Sunday morning. Later in the evening, funeral was held near her residence, Khuhro House, in Do Talwar area and was buried in Gizri graveyard.

She left behind a daughter, Nuha Marvi Elizabeth, who lives in the US.

According to family sources, she got her early education from Larkana, graduation from Karachi University. Later, she went to the United Kingdom (UK), where she got graduation degree from Cambridge University. She earned his post-graduation and PhD degree in South Asian History from Oxford University.

After returning to Pakistan from the UK, she joined the Karachi University as a professor in the History Department. Later, she became chairperson of Pakistan Studies Department at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

Later, she left Sindh University to concentrate on politics and writing. She joined the Sindh National Alliance in 1987 and afterwards became a member of the Pakistan Muslim League in 1993.

A historian, politician, professor, and writer, Khuhro twice served as the provincial minister for education. She had been appointed as Sindh's minister for education and literacy in 1990. Again in 2004, she was appointed as Sindh's minister for education and literacy.

She authored several books, among them; The Making of Modern Sindh and Karachi Megacity of Our Times were her famous books. She also co-authored Karachi: Megacity of Our Times with Anwer Mooraj.

She was daughter of Muhammad Ayoub Khuhro, who served as chief minister Sindh before and after the creation of Pakistan. He was considered as a controversial Sindhi politician, as during his period as chief minister Sindh, Federal Government of Pakistan constituted One Unit comprises on Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh and Balochistan and he was criticised for not resisting against One Unit.

Hamida Khuhro also wrote a book "Mohammed Ayub Khuhro: a life of courage in politics" comprises on the memories of her father Ayoub Khuhro.

Expressing his deep sorrow, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah paid a rich tribute to her and said that Hamida Khuhro made matchless contributions to history, education and literature. "She will always be remembered" he said.