PESHAWAR: Member National Assembly from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) from Kurram tribal district Munir Khan Orakzai died on Tuesday.
Irfanullah, nephew of Munir Orakzai, confirmed his death and said his funeral will be held in Mandori, Kurram, at 3:00pm.
Munir Orakzai contracted coronavirus few days ago and then recovered from the disease after treatment. When the family members tried to wake him up for morning prayer, they found that he was dead. Irfanullah said they took him to Civil Hospital Thall where he was declared dead on arrival.
Munir Orakzai remained admitted to Hayatabad Medical Complex and was also on ventilator for some time when he contracted coronavirus. However, he recovered from the disease after treatment and thanked all his well-wishers on the social media. Two of his nephews and two brothers had also contracted coronavirus.
After recovery from coronavirus, Munir Orakzai went to Islamabad for attending the National Assembly session on May 15. However, he fell ill again there and was shifted to hospital. Media reports said he had problem of high blood pressure. Reports further said that Munir Orakzai had arrived in the National Assembly session on a wheelchair. The National Assembly session was held despite suggestions from various quarters that a virtual session of the Assembly must be held due to coronavirus fears. However, the idea of virtual session could not be implemented as the opposition members did not support it.
Munir Orakzai, who won the 2018 general elections from the platform of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), was a senior leader of the JUI-F and was considered very close to the party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Munir Orakzai was born on September 06, 1959 in Kurram. He did BA from Government Degree College Parachinar and Masters in Islamic Studies from University of Peshawar
He also won the National Assembly seat from Kurram as an independent candidate in the 2002 and 2008 general elections and served as parliamentary leader of erstwhile Fata between 2002 and 2013.
The lawmaker received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz — the highest civilian honour in Pakistan — in 2011. He was member of National Security Committee as well Kashmir Committee and remained member of 18th constitutional amendment committee. He was also member of Housing and Works Committee as well as Water and Resources Committee.