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MP Fatima Aziz Dies at 47

Former President Hamid Karzai saddened by her demise

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KABUL: A female lawmaker representing Kunduz province, Fatima Aziz passed away due to an illness, the head of the parliament’s secretariat Abdul Qadir Zazai said on Friday. She was 47 and was suffering from cancer for almost a year.

According to her colleagues, she was battling cancer and was under treatment at a Swiss hospital.

Former President Hamid Karzai expressed his deep grieves and sorrows over her death, terming her a true patriot.

“Dr. Fatima was a patriotic, hard-working and extremely compassionate person who sincerely fought for the welfare and comfort of her country, and her voice was always towering to ensure justice and defend the rights of her people,” Karzai added.

Karzai termed her death as a big loss, and expressed his deepest condolences to the family and friends of her.

Fatima Aziz represented her province in the Wolesi Jirga, the Afghan lower house of parliament, from 2005 to 2021. 

According to information published about her on the Wolesi Jirga website, Aziz was a surgeon and was born in 1973 in the northern province of Kunduz. 

Fatima Aziz served as a medical doctor for 12 years before she started her career as a lawmaker. 

Aziz was one of the first women to be elected for the parliament in the country’s parliamentary election in 2005 after years of civil war.

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