LG, political parties express grief over demise of ex-minister Sharief Niaz

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Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday expressed grief over the demise of former minister and senior Congress leader Mohammad Sharief Niaz.
Meanwhile, political parties – including National Conference (NC), Apni Party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) – also condoled the demise of Mr Niaz, who passed away at the age of 75 on Monday.
In a message, the Lt Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family in this hour of grief.
Meanwhile, in a statement, PDP spokesman Firdous Ahmad Tak described the demise as an irreparable loss to the state. “Niaz Sahab was a thorough gentleman, who held the cause of people’s welfare close to his heart. He worked relentlessly for the marginalized sections of the society and contributed greatly to the efforts of development of far-flung areas of the Chenab valley in particular,” he said.
“Niaz Sahab’s contribution as a legislator and minister would always be remembered. His passing away is a great loss to the state.” Tak added.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, also expressed shock and grief over the death of the former minister, who was MLA from Bhaderwah constituency. “Mohammed Sharief Niaz will always be remembered for his tireless contribution in ameliorating the lot of peasants, labour fraternity, weaker sections and downtrodden people of Jammu and Kashmir in general and Chenab Valley belt in particular,” Saroori said, adding that his selfless service will remain guiding force and inspiration for younger generation of Congress cadres.
Saroori also expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prays for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss besides this place for him in heaven.
In his condolence message issued here, Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari described the deceased as a thorough gentleman who had carved a place for himself among the people, his party and the J&K legislature. “I am deeply saddened at the passing away of Niaz Saheb. As a senior, cultured and humane leader, he was a valued politician who enriched State legislature during his stint in the power,” the Apni Party president remarked.
He said the deceased leader always held the interest of people close to his heart. “At this time of grief my thoughts and prayers are with his family and supporters. I pray for the eternal peace to the departed soul and the forbearance for his family to face this difficult time,” Bukhari added.