Tehreek-e-Sooba Hazara leader Baba Haider Zaman. – A file photo

ABBOTTABAD: Tehreek-e-Sooba Hazara leader Baba Haider Zaman died at a private hospital in Rawalpindi after protracted illness on Wednesday at the age of 82.

The funeral prayer of Baba Haider Zaman will be offered at his ancestral village Dewal Manal at 2:00pm tomorrow (Thursday). Haider Zaman was born in Dewal Manal village of Abbottabad in 1934. He contested his first election in 1962 and last election in 2013. He served on the positions of provincial minister for labour and manpower, district nazim Abbottabad and chairman district council Abbottabad.

In 2010 when the name of erstwhile NWFP was changed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Haider Zaman with the support of all the political parties of Hazara launched a movement for Hazara province. He ran the movement actively and the issue became known nationally and internationally when seven people of the movement lost their lives during a protest. Haider Zaman also contested election in 1990 and 1993 against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for National Assembly seat. He also actively participated in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) and was also arrested in 1977.