Sunday, 25 Aug, 12.33 pm Kaumudi Online

B M Kutty, lone Keralite presence in Pak politics, no more

KARACHI: B M Kutty (Beeyathul Mohiyudeen Kutty), the lone Keralite of Pakistan politics died here Sunday. He was a noted leader of left front political organisation in Pakistan. He was 89. He died early Sunday morning while undergoing treatment. He will be buried in Karachi later today. B M Kutty, a native of Tirur in Malappuram migrated to Pakistan. He was a leader who became one of the pioneers of Pakistan politics. He had continuously worked for India-Pakistan friendship. He was a leader of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), fighting to restore democracy in Pakistan.

He also worked for Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy. His wife Birgiz Mohiyudeen Kutty predeceased him. He leaves behind his children Javaid Mohiyudeen, Dr Yasmine (Jeddah) and Shaziya.

Kutty was born at Ponmunda on July 15 in 1930. He migrated to Pakistan in 1949. Kutty started his political life in the 1940s as an active member of the Kerala Students Federation. Between 1950 and 1957, he was associated with the Azad Pakistan Party in Lahore and later with Pakistan Awami League in Karachi. From 1957 to 1975, he was actively involved in the politics of the National Awami Party (NAP). After NAP was banned in 1975, he worked with the National Democratic Party till 1979 and with the Pakistan National Party from 1979 to 1997. Since 1998, he had been associated with the National Workers Party as its central information secretary. He had also served as the joint secretary-general of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) for three years. He was also the political secretary to the Governor of Baluchistan and the secretary general of the Pakistan Peace Coalition.

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