Iftikhar Hussain Ansari
Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari
مولوی افتخار حسین انصاری
|Constituency||Pattan, Baramulla, Kashmir|
|Born||26 April 1942|
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Died||30 September 2014 (aged 72)|
Dar-ul-Jawad, Qamarwari Srinagar
|Political party||Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference|
|President, All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association, Chairman, Imam Hussain A.S Charitable Trust|
|Children||Imran Raza Ansari, Irfan Raza Ansari, and a daughter|
|Residence||Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir|
|Alma mater||Sultanul 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. 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.
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.
Ansari died at his residence in Dar ul Jawad, Qamarwari, Srinagar on the morning of 30 September 2014 after a prolonged liver illness. 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. He was buried in his ancestral graveyard, Baba Mazar, Alamgari bazar, Zadibal, Sriangar.
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