Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condoled the demise of veteran religious, spiritual and political leader, Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, who breathed his last on Tuesday.
As per a statement the PDP party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and president, Mehbooba Mufti have termed the death of Molvi Ansari a great loss to the society. “Molvi Sahib was a versatile personality who will be always remembered for his impeccability and praise worthy services to the society,” they said.
“The deceased was not only a religious and spiritual leader of great repute but an outstanding political statesman as well. As a young scholar he had studied in Iraq and Iran and was man of words with an in-depth knowledge on varied subjects ranging from politics, history to religious philosophy,” reads the party statement. It adds that with the demise of Molvi Ansari the state has lost a seasoned politician, outstanding Islamic scholar, wonderful orator and an outspoken advocate of unity.
Recalling his long association with the deceased, Mufti said Molvi Ansari has been his lifelong friend and associate who will be missed always.
The party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Begum Mufti Sayeed, the party president, Mehbooba Mufti; members of parliament, Muzzafar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hameed Karra, other legislators and senior leaders of PDP rushed to Ansari’s residence to share the grief of family. The party members also participated in funeral procession and Jinaza which was conducted at Zadibal.
Molvi Ansari was became Member of Legislative Council in 1972 and later got elected to the state assembly in 1983. He was again elected in 1996, re-elected in 2002 and 2008.