Aziz Zargar passes away

Guv, CM, Azad, Muftis, Soz Condole Demise

Srinagar, Feb 5: Former minister and senior PDP leader Abdul Aziz Zargar passed away Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 87.
Zargar breathed his last at his Jammu residence this morning, a PDP spokesman said, adding that he had been ailing for some time.
Zargar was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir in 1951 and served as Agriculture Minister in the Mir Qasim government in 1972.
Later, he held the same portfolio in the PDP-Congress coalition government from 2002 to 2008.
He hails from Manzgam village of Kulgam in south Kashmir. He is survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters. Governor, NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ministers and political leaders across the board condoled the demise of Zargar of former Minister and MLA Abdul Aziz Zargar who died last at his Jammu residence today after prolonged illness.
Chief Minister Tuesday morning visited the Jammu residence of late Zargar at Bathandi to personally convey his sympathy to the bereaved family. He also prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in his condolence message termed Zargar a man of conviction and commitment who strived relentlessly for transforming the socio-political landscape of J&K.
Chairman Legislative Council, Amrit Malhotra and Deputy Chairman M Y Taing also expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Zargar.
Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Sartaj Madni expressed grief over the demise of Zargar.
In his condolence message, the Deputy Speaker described late Zargar as a veteran leader who always worked for the welfare of the people of the State in general and Kulgam district in particular.
Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prof Saifuddin Soz expressed sorrow at the demise of Zargar. He said the demise is a great loss to the political system in J&K.
The council of ministers, including Abdul Rahim Rather, Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mian Altaf, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Mir Saifullah, G A Mir, Sham Lal Sharma, Sakina Ittoo,  Raman Bhalla, Abdul Majid Wani, Ajay Sadhotra,  Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Vikar Rasool Wani and Feroz Ahmad khan also condoled the demise of former minister.
In a condolence massage PDP patron Mufti Muhammed Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the sad demise of the senior leader. While expressing sympathies with the family of the late leader Muftis recalled his association with the politics and selfless service which he rendered for the uplift of the people.
Meanwhile a condolence meeting was held at party headquarters in Srinagar in which senior leaders paid rich tributes to the late soul and recalled his services for strengthening of the party.
PDP leaders who expressed their condolences include Muzaffar Hussain Beig, Tariq Hameed Karra, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Muhammed Dillawar Mir, Abdul  Rehman Veeri, Sofi Abdul Gaffar, Abdul Haq Khan, Abdul Razak Zawoora, Muhammad Khalil Bandh, Syed Bashir Ahmad, Javaid Mustafa Mir,  Muhammad Rafi Mir, Peerzada Mansoor, Syed Basharat, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Nizamudin Bhat, Dr Muhammad Shafi Wani, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, Nizamudin Khatana, Qazi Muhammad Afzal, Peer Muhammad Hussain and Yasir Reshi.
The state committee of CPI (M) has expressed profound grief and shock over the demise of Abdul Aziz Zargar.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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