22 Years On, J&K Varsity Remembers Slain Leader

22 Years On, J&K Varsity Remembers Slain Leader

31 October 2012
The Daily Pioneer
Khurshid Wani

Srinagar: Around 22 years after now-defunct Hizbullah militants shot dead political stalwart Maulana Muhammad Sayeed Masoodi, the Kashmir University on Tuesday remembered the influential leader who represented capital Srinagar in the Parliament for the first time. As violence ebbs in Kashmir, the deceased mainstream political leaders’ followers are attempting to bring their contributions to the limelight. Masoodi was 90 when militants shot him dead in Srinagar on December 13, 1990 when he had practically given up politics and chosen to live in oblivion. Hizbullah, a small pro-Pakistan outfit which vanished in mid-1990s, had claimed responsibility. Even as separatist leaders like Syed Ali Geelani and Pakistan-based JKLF chief Amanullah Khan have hailed Masoodi’s literary and political contributions, it was for the first time that Kashmir University celebrated the personality. Masoodi had fought Pakistani tribesmen in 1947 who invaded Kashmir. He later played pivotal role in strengthening pro-India political constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Until 1977, he was Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s confidant and also remained editor of NC’s official organ Khidmat for several years. He was known for his command over various languages, oratory skills, religious knowledge and crisis management skills in politics. “Maulana has been a person whose sole intention was to lead Kashmir to the development - social or educational,” Kashmir University Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad said. The VC said that holding seminars to commemorate contributions of the likes of Maulana Masoodi would offer platforms to educate the younger generation about the people who have given enormous dedication and contribution to the valley. Interestingly, National Conference’s Upper House member and former Chief Secretary Sheikh Ghulam Rasool inaugurated the seminar and a photo exhibition. “You can’t exclude politics from the set of devises that leads a nation to its acme”, Rasool said while justifying Masoodi’s plunge into politics.