Makhdoom Ameen Faheem is a well-known political figure who has been associated with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) since 1970. He has served as senior vice-chairman of PPP and chairman of PPP’s parliamentarians in the National Assembly.
He also worked as minister for commerce and senior minister of Islamic republic of Pakistan. He remained a influential political figure until his death in 2015 due to cancer.
Ameen Faheem entered in the field of politics during 1970s and joined PPP as junior member of the party. He has made national record by remaining undefeated in eight general elections which were held in 1977, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013. He also emerged as only Parliamentarian who successfully became MNA and MPA both by contesting in 1993 elections.
Makhdoom Ameen Faheem was also offered the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2002, 1993, 1990 and in 1988 but he did not accept any offer and remained faithful to his party. He also remained Federal Minister for two times during the tenure of Benazir Bhutto. Moreover, he has further served as Communication Minister during 1988-1990 and Railway Minister in 1988-1989. However he has also worked as Minister for Housing and Works during 1994- 1996.
As a Commerce Minister he emphasized on better trade relations with neighbours including India.
After the assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, many considered Mr. Ameen Faheem to be the most suitable candidate for the new chairman of the party. He was expected to emerge as possible candidate for Prime Minister’s post in general elections 2002. However Asif Ali Zardari did not consider him for the candidacy of Prime Minister because Zardari did not want to lose influence of Bhutto family in politics.
Makhdoom Ameen Faheem completed his matriculation in 1957 from a private high school situated in his home town Hala. He registered as an unsure major in the University of Sindh but soon confirmed his major in 1958 in the department of Political Science. However in 1961, he received Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Political Science from the University of Sindh.
Ameen Faheem is the son of Makhdoom Muhammad Zaman and was born on 4th August in 1939 in Hala, Sindh in the sufi family. His father was 17th leader of Sarwari Jamaat as well as also known as famous feudal figure in Sindh who also participated in the establishment of PPP which even formed at his own house in Hala, Makhdoom Muhammad Zaman became senior vice-chairman of PPP and took part in the general elections of 1970 for the same constituency as his son after which he emerged as an member of parliament in the national parliament. He received many high-level offers but decided to remain in Hala where he used to look after his Sarwari Jamaat.
His father Makhdoom Muhammmad Zaman was known as “Talib-ul-Mola” who was also a great poet.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim also served as the leader of Sarwari Jamaat which is known as one of the largest spiritual groups of Pakistan. He is also known as landlord and a leader of a social democratic party.
Details about his both marriages are not known except that his first wife was Dina, sister of famous Bangladeshi Singer Runa Laila who lost her life due to cancer. He has six sons and two daughters.
Ameen Faheem was keen interested in poetry as compare to politics as he has said that poetry is his first love. He still loves to read poetries of others he revealed that Maulana Rumi Shah, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and Sachal Sarmast were among his favorite poets.
In 2015 he was diagnosed with Leukemia, a type of blood cancer. His treatment for the dangerous disease started soon after diagnosis but he did not survive the deadly disease at elderly age.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim died at the age of 76 in a private hospital of Karachi. His funeral was attended by senior leadership of PPP including Zardari & Bilawal Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif also expressed condolence as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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