July 2003 News

Sardar Ibrahim passes away

31 July 2003
News Network International

ISLAMABAD: Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, the first president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, passes away Thursday morning in Islamabad. He was 88. Sardar Ibrahim died after a brief illness. His funeral prayers will be offered at the Sabir Shaheed Stadium in Rawlakot today (Friday.) People from all walks of life, including politicians, religious leaders, social workers and friends have expressed their grieve at the demise of the first AJK president. In their separate condolence messages to the sons of the deceased - Sardar Farooq Ibrahim and Sardar Khalid Ibrahim they prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the grieved to bear this loss with fortitude. Sardar Ibrahim was appointed president of Azad Kashmir three times and was elected once. His last tenure as president of Azad Kashmir ended in 2001. Sardar Ibrahim Khan, a barrister belonging to Sudhan Tribe of Poonch was a member of Kashmir Assembly (Parja Sabha) in 1947, when Kashmir became an international issue and war started there. Sardar Ibrahim's tribe played keyrole in liberating what is now called Azad Kashmir, from Indian occupation. Sardar Ibrahim's two books (Sort of auto biographies) the Kashmir Saga (English) and Mata-e-Zindagi (Urdu) are a valuable addition to Kashmir's political history spread over half a century. Born in 1915 in a Pooch village of Horna Mirah, Sardar Ibrabim did his graduation in 1936 from Islamia College, Lahore, and then went to England for his Masters. He obtained the LLB from London University in 1943, and began his practice as prosecutor in 1934 at Mirpur. He was appointed as assistant advocate general in 1944 by the then Maharaja of Kashmir. He left the government job in line with the liberation of Kashmir movement, and contested the 1946 election with sweeping victory that made him the Member of Rajiha Sabha. He represented Kashmir in different capacities in the United Nations from 1948 to 1971. He remained president of Azad Kashmir during the tenures of Liaqat Ali Khan, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Malik Feroz Khan Noon, Ayub Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Genral Ziul Haq. Anwar, Sikandar condole death of Sardar Ibrahim Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan and Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan and Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan have expressed their profound shock and grieve over the death of the former and pioneer president of AJK, Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan. The ex and first president of Azad Kashmir Thursday morning died at an Islamabad hospital after a brief illness. He funeral will be offered at Rawlakot toady, Friday. In their separate condolence messages to the sons of late Sardar Ibrahim, Sardar Khalid Ibrahim and Sardar Farooq Ibrahim, the president and the prime minister of AJK termed the ex AJK president as a great and wise leader. They said the sad demise of the Gazi-e-Millat, they said has closed a golden chapter in the history of the Kashmir. The prayed to Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the grieved to bear this loss with patience. AJK to observe three-day mourning on Ibrahim's death The Azad Kashmir government has announced a three-day mourning on the demise of the former AJK President Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan. The government has also announced to burry the ex president with full state honor, while the AJK flag will fly at half post for the three days. Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Sardar Siab Khalid has expressed his grieve over the death of Sardar Khalid Ibrabhim. In his condolence message to the grieved family, the speaker said the ex president of the AJL was a wise and courageous leader, who had spearheaded the Kashmir movement with his sagacity. He said that Sardar Ibrahim was himself a history and will forever in the hearts and minds of the people of Kashmir. The AJK Supreme Court will also remain closed on to mourn the death of Sardar Ibrahim. Judges of the AJK SC including Justice Khawaja Mohammad Saeed, Justice Chaudhry Mohammad Taj and other have expressed their sorrow over the death of the former AJK president.


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