JUIF leader Shah Abdul Aziz died of Coronavirus in Mansehra in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
The cleric Shah Abdul Aziz belonged to Deobandi party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).
Mufti Kifayatullah confirmed the death of cleric Shah Abdul Aziz at the Ayub Medical Complex Hospital in Abbottabad. The cleric Kifayatullah serves as head of Mansehra district chapter of his party JUIF.
JUIF leader Shah Abdul Aziz
Earlier, Shah Abdul Aziz had gone to Quetta. On his return, he remained hospitalised at King Abdullah Teaching Hospital in Mansehra.
The hospital kept him quarantine ward after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month.
However, he also isolated himself at his house for some time.
Later, JUIF’s cleric was shifted to the Ayub Medical Complex in a critical condition on April 10, where he died on Tuesday.
With the death of the JUI-F leader, the Covid-19 death toll in Mansehra has risen to three.
Shah Abdul Aziz was also running a seminary. He had contested election for a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat from PK-34, but lost to the rival contender.
His father Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah was also a known Deobandi religious scholar and JUI-F leader.
Experts say that the Deobandi preaching party’s majority comprise of elderly people, they remain relatively vulnerable to the deadly Coronavirus infection.
Spread of Coronavirus within the Deobandi preaching party or Tableeghi Jamaat’s members vindicated the viewpoint of experts in this regard.