Gujjars celebrate Mian Bashir's award

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 26: Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir today celebrated conferment of third highest civilian award “Padam Bhushan” by Government of India to veteran Gujjar leader Mian Bashir Ahmed. Thousands of Gujjars gathered at Bethendi, residence of Mian Bashir, and congratulated him.
 Mian Bashir Ahmed was born in November 1923 at Wanghat. Elected four times in the State Legislative Assembly Mian Bashir has been associated with Shiekh Abdullah, Mir Qasam and Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad and has been a minister in their cabinet.
 During 1965 and 1971 India-Pak conflict he worked for peace and rehabilitated thousands of people in tribal and boarder belts of Jammu and Kashmir.
 He has been closely associated with various top leaders including Indira Gandhi, Rajeev Gandhi, Shiekh Abdullah and others.
 Mian Bashir Ahmed represented India in United Nations for deliberating Kashmir, he has also been heading various delegations in different international forums.
 While addressing the people who greeted him at his residence this morning Mian Bashir said this award goes to crores of Gujjars living in 11 states of India. He added that he will continue  to work  for social justice, human rights, peace and prosperity of the state.