Hazrat Sheikh Gul Sahib. – A file photo.

LANDIKOTAL: Eminent religious scholar and father of Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Allama Noorul Haq Qadri, Hazrat Sheikh Gul Sahib died after protracted illness on Tuesday.

Hazrat Sheikh Gul Saheb was suffering from heart disease recently. He was under treatment at a hospital in Islamabad where he died on Tuesday night. The funeral prayer of Sheikh Gul Sahib will be offered at Hamza Baba graveyard ground in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber tribal district today (Wednesday) at 3:00am.

Preparations for the funeral have been finalised. The security officials and Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Imran visited the ground where the funeral will be held and reviewed preparations. A large number of people are arriving at the residence of Hazrat Sheikh Gul Sahib Landikotal to attend the funeral.

The real name of Sheikh Gul Sahib was Sheikh Abdul Aziz. He was born in 1934. He laid the foundation of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat in 1988. He also founded Jamia Junaidia Ghafoor at Karkhano despite limited resources and difficult circumstances under which 216 Madaris (religious seminaries) are being run throughout the country. Sheikh Gul Sahib was also known for his social work in Khyber tribal district.

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