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J&K: Top Shia leader dies

India Blooms News Service | 30 Sep 2014, 11:21 pm
Srinagar, Sept 30 (IBNS): Jammu and Kashmir's top Shia cleric, senior vice president of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a businessman Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari passed away at a hospital in New Delhi late on Monday night.

Party worker of Kashmir's largest opposition party in Kashmir Assembly Peoples Democratic Party politician told IBNS that Ansari lost the battle to liver cirrhosis during the Tuesday night.

He as 72-year-old when death came.

Leader Ansari, who was a lawmaker representing Pattan in North Kashmir, had been recently shifted to New Delhi hospital.

He succeeded his father Molvi Muhammad Jawad as president of All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association in Jammu & Kashmir in 1962, a position he holds for life.

He is a sitting member of Jammu and Kashmir's Legislative Assembly for the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party.

He was earlier a member of National Conference and Congress. He is also a business tycoon with interests in car dealerships.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the residence of the late leader and expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family, conveyed his sympathy and offered Fateh and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.

(Reporting by Saleem Iqbal Qadri)

J&K: Top Shia leader dies

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