Former J&K CM Syed Mir Qasim laid to rest

Former J&K CM Syed Mir Qasim laid to rest
Shahabad (J-K), Dec 14 (PTI) The mortal remains of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Syed Mir Qasim was laid to rest here this evening with hundreds of people bidding tearful farewell to the leader who passed away in Delhi on Sunday.

The mortal remains of Qasim, wrapped in tri-colour, was buried at his ancestral greveyard at Asrari Baghdad Mir maidan in Dooru area of Anantnag with full state honours.

The body of Qasim, known as the "gentleman politician" of the state, was flown here from Delhi in a special Indian Air Force plane this afternoon and taken to his Barzulla house in the city for a brief period. Several leaders including former Bihar Governor Mohammad Shafi Qureshi paid floral tributes.

Wreaths were placed on behalf of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, state Governor Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha and General Secretary of Congress Ambika Soni.

From there, the body was taken to Shahabad-Dooru in Anantnag in a flower-bedded vehicle, where over 5,000 people were waiting since morning at the greveyard to pay last respect to their departed leader.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma, Chairman of Legislative Council Abdul Rashid Dar and a host of ministers in the coalition government participated in the last rites of the late leader.

Earlier, nimaz-e-jinazah (prayers before burial) was offered at Barzulla as well as at his native place of Shahabad. Thousands of people participated in the prayers.

Qasim, who served as Chief Minister of the state from 1971-75, died at Ram Monahar Lohia hospital in Delhi on Sunday. He was 83.

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