National Conference on Wednesday paid tributes to prominent hotelier Dr Ifshan Afzal Khanday, who died due to cardiac arrest in Chandigarh on Sunday.
In a statement, NC spokesperson said on the instructions of party president Dr Farooq Abdullah, a delegation of the party comprising provincial secretary advocate Showkat Ahmed Mir, state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu and YNC provincial president Salman Ali Sagar visited the residence of Dr. Ifshan at Gulshan Nagar, Nowgam on Wednesday and expressed solidarity with his family on his demise.
Praying for peace to the departed soul, the NC leaders said Ifshan’s exemplary contributions to the state’s Tourism industry would be remembered for ages to come. “Dr Ifshan was a dynamic, large-hearted and visionary young entrepreneur who practically transformed Gulmarg as a tourism destination for foreigners and locals alike. His foray into Gulmarg proved to be a source of inspiration for many more to follow. His vision was reflected in his hotel, the Alpine Ridge, and his graciousness and kindness was reflected in his friendships and relationships – as shown by the overwhelming outpouring of grief and sorrow at his tragic demise. He will continue to live in our hearts and will be sorely missed”,” NC state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said.
YNC provincial president, Salman Ali Sagar said Ifshan’s tragic demise had shocked thousands of his friends, well-wishers and acquaintances across the State. “Ifshan was a charming, kind and affectionate young entrepreneur of the State who was humble and grounded. He was a source of great inspiration for many young businessmen and entrepreneurs and was a mentor to countless youngsters who aspired to contribute to the State’s Tourism Sector. His death has left a vacuum that will be hard to fill”, Salman added.
“In his tragic demise, the State has lost a visionary entrepreneur. His contributions are immortalized and will be remembered with respect and admiration for ages to come”, NC provincial secretary advocate Showkat Ahmed Mir said.