PaK leader Zaffar buried

Greater Kashmir

Hattian Bala, Sept 3: Thousands of people converged here on Sunday to pay last respects to veteran Kashmiri politician Sahibzada Mohammad Ishaq Zaffar at his funerals.
The mourners who included PaK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan, Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, PPP secretary general Jahangir Badar, PP- PaK president Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Peoples Muslim League convener Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, LA speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir, Jamaat-e-Islami PaK leader Abdul Rashid Turabi and several other prominent leaders eulogized the services of the late leader for Kashmir freedom movement and uplift of the PaK people.
Born on April 19, 1944, Mr Zaffar, who was leader of the opposition in the sitting assembly, breathed his last on Saturday evening in Rawalpindi after suffering a fatal heart attack.
Hundreds of people, shocked over the unexpected news, gathered in Kohala, PaK’s last town bordering with Pakistan, late on Saturday night to receive his body. Prime Minister Sardar Attique also waited for half an hour along the main road in Muzaffarabad till the caravan of vehicles carrying Zaffar’s body reached there. He condoled with Zaffar’s son and ordered government officials concerned to help the family of the late leader in preparations for the funerals.
Official sources said that around 20,000 people from almost all parts of PaK attended the funeral prayers held in a vast ground in front of tehsil headquarters offices here.
“In his death, the Kashmir region has lost a veteran politician and our (legislative) assembly has lost a seasoned parliamentarian,” said PaK prime minister as he spoke to the mourners before the funeral prayers.
Recalling that the late leader had always practiced and promoted politics of tolerance and humility, Sardar Attique also paid him tributes for upholding his political ideology and thoughts in the most adverse situations.
“Politically, he was always our opponent, but he never said anything to belittle the respect of Mujahid-e-Awwal Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan. And let me tell he (Sardar Qayyum) also respected him a lot, more than many Muslim Conference leaders,” he said.
The PM announced that the government would provide Rs 1 million to his family. The amount was in addition to Rs 1 million that the assembly secretariat provides to the deceased lawmakers.
Former PaK premier Barrister Sultan Mahmood said Mr Zaffar was a thorough gentleman and he had very good memories of working with him.
Later, Zaffar’s body was taken to Banni Hafiz village for burial. Family sources said the burial could be delayed, as they would wait for the arrival of his two sons from United States.