Tributes, condolences pour in for Pakistani-Canadian activist Shahid Rashdi

Pakistani-Canadian leader Shahid Mahmood Rashdi died Wednesday from a post-surgery infection. He had undergone a successful heart surgery just days before.

Rashdi, 70 was a former Pakistan Air Force pilot who migrated to Canada in late 90’s where he soon made a name for himself as a community leader and activist. He was much loved by the Pakistani-Canadian community and was held in high regard by political leaders for building community relations without regard for race, religion or political persuasion.

He was born in the Pakistani city of Sialkot and was schooled at the renowned Cadet College Petaro. Rashdi then went on to attend Murray College Sialkot where he found his passion for politics. He also ran for National Assembly seat from his home constituency of Sialkot with PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) but was disqualified for being too young.

After moving to Canada Rashdi became a prominent fixture in Canadian politics due to his affiliation with the Liberal party. He was also an active member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Tributes and messages of condolences poured in from politicians, community leaders and activists. MP Iqra Khalid read out a message of condolence in Parliament of Canada while a one minute silence was also observed at a Canadian Liberal Party event.

I’m literally sitting in Question Period in Ottawa, and just heard of the passing of Shahid M Rashdi. I’m utterly…

Posted by Gagan Sikand on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I’m so disheartened to hear about the passing of my good friend Shahid M Rashdi. He was an advisor, a community leader,…

Posted by Iqra Khalid on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mississauga lost a great man today Shahid M Rashdi R.I.P.

Posted by Brian Crombie on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Shocked and devastated to hear about this great loss! Shahid M Rashdi Sb was a mentor and a father figure to me, someone…

Posted by Hifza Musa on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ehsan Rehan
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