SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) lawmaker Mohammad Aslam Banday has passed away in SKIMS, family sources said. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after his health deteriorated.
Banday was a school teacher and was very close to NC leader Mohamad Shafir Urvi, also a teacher. Later, when he was transferred to Ladakh for his political activities, he put in his papers and joined his friend, Mohammad Shafi, who had also resigned earlier.
Since 1971, he has been working for the NC as a literal Deputy to Mohamad Shafi. In 1997, Dr Farooq Abdullah nominated Banday to the state’s legislative council for a full six-year term.
A resident of Slamabad in Uri, Banday is survived by four sons and three daughters. One of his sons, Ibrar Aslam had deserted Kashmir and crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC). Though he had gone for a different reason, he eventually settled there, started a small business and settled in Muzaffarabad. Banday was living with Rizwan, his youngest son. Two of his sons are professional teachers.
Family sources said Banday had a cardiac problem that was detected almost two years back in Jammu following which he had to undergo some angiography procedure. He was all right, restricted to the home. However, he reported chest pain on Saturday and was rushed to SKIMSwhere he passed away on Sunday.
His mortal remains are being driven to Uri and family sources said they are yet to decide if the funeral will take place today or on Monday.