Abdul Khaliq Ansari passes away

JKLF To Offer Funeral Prayers In Absentia Today

Mirpur (PaK), June 16: Veteran pro-freedom leader Abdul Khaliq Ansari passed away at Mirpur in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Saturday night.
 His Namaz-i-Jinazah was offered at Mirpur stadium in which thousands of Kashmiris participated.
 JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik addressed the mourners on telephone. Terming the sad demise of this great Kashmiri leader as a personal and national loss Malik in his address said that advocate Abdul Khaliq Ansari was one of the pioneers of Kashmir struggle, a highly educated thinker, a spiritual personality and ideologue.
 “He was the first Kashmiri who came out with the concept of an independent Kashmir and after giving this ideology this true son of soil never looked back and always kept his march for freedom on,” Malik said. “He will always remain our inspiration and ideologue funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased would be held at Budshah Chowk after Namaz-i- Zuhar on June 17, Monday,” he said. “This great son of soil started his struggle in Dogra period and went to jail as a young boy. He stood against all odds but never relented. In 1963 it was Ansari who started Kashmir independent committee. It was here when Shaheed Baba I Qoum Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and supreme leader of JKLF Amanullah khan worked with this great man and further furnished the capabilities and idealism present in their character under his leadership,” Malik said.
 ”In 1965 Ansari sahib assumed the charge of chairman of Mahaz-I-Raishumari in PaK. He was a highly educated, refined and a famous leader and with all these abilities could have scaled the heights, but he kept on his struggle for independence of Kashmir and in faced lots of hardships in the process,” the JKLF Chairman said.
 “He was jailed, tortured and exiled but he remained steadfast on his resolve. Ansari sahib was a religious and a spiritual human being. He was humble and noble soul who always had a smile on his grace,” he added.
 Malik said that his struggle, his idealism, his steadfastness and purity of thoughts, ideas and work would always inspire us and today when we are here saying goodbye to our beloved leader we all pledge to take his idealism and struggle to its desired goal. While remembering his last meeting with the departed leader Malik said that when he met him he was very ill, but despite his poor health he welcomed him with open arms. “He kept on talking about freedom struggle for hours and today when he has departed us I feel like an orphan who has lost his great well wishers,” Malik said.
 The JKLF Chief said that Kashmiris have lost a great leader, a thinker, an idealist, a spiritual personality who was with prayers on his lips always, a seasoned politician and statesman and this loss is irreparable and a great loss for this poor nation. Terming it as a national loss JKLF chairman said that we have lost our iron man and a selfless leader and today all of us shall pray to our lord to provide us his substitute. Malik hoped that Kashmiri nation would never forget leaders like these. We will always follow the footsteps of these valiant leaders and today I pledge to take forward the sacred mission of these departed leaders to its desired end.
 Malik announced that in coming days a seminar to highlight the struggle and sacrifices of late Abdul Khaliq Ansari sahib would be held in Srinagar.
 Meanwhile, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) Hashim Qureshi has expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of Abdul Khaliq Ansari in Mirpur.
 “In a condolence meeting organized at JKDLP headquarters, Chairman Hashim Qureshi said that Abdul Khaliq Ansari was the pioneer of the ideology of an Independent and united Jammu and Kashmir,” a DLP spokesman said.
 Hashim said Ansari experienced great torture and abuse while he along with 400 other activists of NLF and PF was arrested in Pakistan after Ganga Hijacking. Hashim said that Ansari would always remain a beacon of inspiration and guidance for the Kashmiri nationalist movement and its supporters.