Iftikhar Hussain Ansari

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Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari
مولوی افتخار حسین انصاری
ConstituencyPattan, Baramulla, Kashmir
Personal details
Born26 April 1942
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Died30 September 2014(2014-09-30) (aged 72)
Dar-ul-Jawad, Qamarwari Srinagar
Political partyJammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference
Other political
affiliations
President, All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association, Chairman, Imam Hussain A.S Charitable Trust
ChildrenImran Raza Ansari, Irfan Raza Ansari, and a daughter
ResidenceSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Alma materSultanul Madaris, Lucknow, India

Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari (26 April 1942 – 30 September 2014), widely known among his followers as Moulvi Sahib, was a Kashmiri Shia cleric, politician, businessman and a proponent of the Grand Ashura Procession In Kashmir. He succeeded his father Muhammad Jawad Ansari as president of the All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association in Jammu & Kashmir in 1962, a position which he held for life.[1] He was 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 the National Conference and Congress.[2]

Assassinations[edit]

Ansari was thrice the target of unsuccessful assassination attempts. In June 2000 Ansari barely escaped the explosion of a landmine while addressing a religious congregation at Gund Khwaja Qasim. The blast killed twelve of his followers. On 1 September 2000 Ansari was injured by an IED explosion that killed two policemen and a driver. Police suspected the Hizbul Mujahideen.[3]

Death[edit]

Ansari died at his residence in Dar ul Jawad, Qamarwari, Srinagar on the morning of 30 September 2014 after a prolonged liver illness.[4] Ansari had been undergoing specialized treatment in the United States. Various political, religious and social leaders offered condolences. Almost half a million people attended his funeral procession, from qamarwari to Zadibal imambargah where namaz e jenazah was offered.[5] He was buried in his ancestral graveyard, Baba Mazar, Alamgari bazar, Zadibal, Sriangar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shias of Kashmir: Socio-Political Dilemmas". Kashmir Observer. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari". Kashmir Life. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Hizbul Momineen Behind Twin Attacks On Ansari: DGP". The Times of India. 2 September 2000. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "PDP's Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari passes away". Jandknow.com. 30 September 2014.

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