SRINAGAR, Mar 18 (SABAH): Noted Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, co-founder of Al-Fateh and founder Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Nazir Ahmad Wani, passed away in the US after prolonged illness.
Nazir Ahmad Wani was born to Ghulam Rasool Wani, a prominent political leader, in Srinagar in 1949. He was just a school going kid when his father was exiled by the then puppet Prime Minister of occupied Kashmir, Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad, on January 26, 1957. He spent rest of his life in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Nazir Wani co-founded a liberation oganisation Al-Fateh in late 60s. Meanwhile, he pursued a degree in agricultural sciences. Soon after, he was arrested for activities in Al-Fateh. While he and other leaders were in jail, efforts were on to bring all the organizations under one banner. The upshot was a key meeting of the members of the Al Fateh, the Youngman’s League, the Islamic Organisation and the Youth League in the Kashmir University campus leading to the formation of the Peoples League, with Nazir Ahmad Wani as its chairman.
He had to migrate to AJK. Later, he lived in Saudi Arabia for 22 years and then shifted to the US.
Meanwhile, a prayer meeting was held in the Makhdoom Sahib Shrine in Srinagar. The participants prayed for eternal peace to Nazir Ahmad Wani. They also expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.
Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Zamruda Habib, Bilal Siddiqui, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mohammad Iqbal Mir, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi and Gulam Nabi War in their statements in Srinagar expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Nazir Ahmad Wani. They paid tributes to the deceased for his contribution to the Kashmir cause and prayed Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace. They also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.