Omar Abdullah Turns 52


SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah turned 52 today.

Born on March 10, 1970, in Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom, Omar is the scion of Kashmiri’s most influential and oldest political family. Omar studied at the Burn Hall School, Srinagar and then at Lawrence School, Sonawar. He is an alumnus of Sydenham College, Mumbai (where he did his Hotel management degree). After that he joined the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, for MBA, although he did not complete it.

He married Payal Nath, daughter of an Army officer, Major General Ram Nath from Delhi on September 1, 1994, and before separation, the couple had two sons, Zahir and Zamir. Omar joined politics in 1998, as a Lok Sabha member.

He became the 11th and the youngest Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, after forming a government in coalition with the Congress party, on 5 January 2009.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party President and Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wished Omar Abdullah on his birthday.

“Happy Birthday @OmarAbdullah  & hope the year ahead is full of love & happiness,” Mehbooba tweeted.


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