Ziauddin Rizvi

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Shaheed Agha Ziauddin Rizvi (Arabic: شہید آغا ضیاء الدین رضوی) was a Pakistani Shi'a cleric born at Amphary, Gilgit, in a religious family. He completed his early schooling in Gilgit; he later moved to Lahore, and afterwards Iran, for higher religious education. He also visited the UK and Kuwait as a member of a tablighee delegation in the early 1980s.

He rose to prominence in 1990 after playing an important role in restoring peace and reconciliation after the sectarian attack by terrorists, which left over 300 people dead. He served as Imam of Friday prayers at Markazi Jamia Imamia Masjid Gilgit and head of shia community of Gilgit-Baltistan for 15 years until his death.

He was attacked by terrorists on January 8, 2005[1][2] in an attack in which two of his body guards were killed. He was transferred to a Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi via helicopter. He died at CMH Rawalpindi on January 13, 2005 at 10:00 PST.[3]


  1. ^ "Religious scholar succumbs to injuries: Curfew in Skardu". Dawn. 2005-01-14. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. ^ Abbas, Azmat (2005-02-01). "Multiple Motives". Herald. Archived from the original on 24 April 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  3. ^ "Agha Ziauddin laid to rest in Gilgit: 240 arrested, 24 injured in clashes". J&K News. Dawn. 2005-01-14. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 2007-04-03.