Former union minister Prof. Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday urged the Archaeological Survey of India to declare the residence of National Conference founder Late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in Soura Srinagar as a heritage site.
“I have taken up the issue with the Director General, Archaeological Survey of India Usha Sharma and urged her to declare the premises (residence) of late Sheikh Sahab as a heritage site,” Soz said after he returned from the site in Soura.
He said that the prominent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Gaffar Khan, Abdul Samad Khan Uchakzai, Maulana Azad, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Mian Amiruddin, Mohammad Din Taseer, Sheikh Sadiq Hassan and others have also visited Sheikh Abdullah’s residence.
He said that Pakistan’s emissary Sheikh Sadiq Hassan had met Sheikh Abdullah and Gulam Ahmad Ashai to discuss Kashmir’s future at this house.
Soz said that it was a great privilege for him to have met Late Sheikh Abdullah near the Chinar Tree along with Sahibzada Hassan Shah, (the then Principal M.A.M College, Jammu) and Prof. G.N. Sidiqi in 1966.