By Raja Zahid A Khanazada
Ohio: A youth leader in Pakistan movement, and Chair of Repatriation Committee for Stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh, Syed Hasan Shareef passed away peacefully in Cincinnati, Ohio. His funeral prayers offered on after Juma prayers at Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Syed Hasan Shareef is survived by three sons Syed Anwar Shareef in North Carolina, S. Qaisar Shareef in Washington D.C. and Syed Sarwar Shareef in Cincinnati; his only daughter Rubina Hyder lives in Arlington Texas. His brother Dr. Syed Ehsan Shareef lives in Canton, Michigan. Dallas Peace Center President and Muslim Democratic Caucus founder and ex-President Aftab Siddiqui is nephew of late Mr. Shareef.
He was eldest son of Late Barrister Mohammad Shareef who was Bihar Muslim League’s Secretary General and famous for the Shareef Report. The report was from a commission headed by Barrister Shareef constituted by Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on Muslim League joint rule after 1938 elections. The report findings later became the basis for Pakistan resolution of 1940.
Late Mr. Shareef was a civil engineer and owner of Shareef & Partners, Builders and Developers. His housing projects includes Shareef Nagar, Cosy Homes, Basera Apartments, and Ashiana Apartments in Karachi. He was living in the US after retirement.
As a young boy Mr. Hasan Shareef was a participant in many All India Muslim League sessions including historic 1940 session where Pakistan resolution was presented. He had the honor of hosting Qaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah at his home in Patna along with his father Barrister Mohammad Shareef. He was a youth activist in Pakistan movement and was an active supporter of Muslim League after Pakistan’s independence.
Late Mr. Shareef was an ardent supporter and advocate for repatriation of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh and pleaded their case at many national and international forums including European Union, UN Agencies and Rabita e Alam e Islami. He was able to secure large funding from Rabita e Alam e Islami which created the Trust fund for repatriation expenses.
Late Mr. Shareef was ill for last few years and was living with his youngest son Sarwar Shareef in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be missed dearly as an activist, a kindhearted man and a fighter for social justice.