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Obituaries: 1-15 June 2002

Mr Gulsher Ahmad, former governor of Himachal Pradesh, died on 20 May in Birla Vikas Hospital at Satna, his home town. Born at Satna (Madhya Pradesh) 81 years ago, he started his political career in 1962 when he became an MLA representing Satna assembly constituency as a Congress candidate. He served in various capacities such as chairman of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, speaker of MP Assembly (1972-77), was elected to Lok Sabha in 1980, became national chairman of Congress Party’s Minority Cell (1980-84), and was member of Waqf Board etc. He was appointed governor of Himachal Pradesh in 1993.

Noted Urdu litterateur Abdul Latif Azmi died at New Delhi Saturday 11 May. He was of 86 years at the time of his death. 
Azmi was born on 1 March 1917 at Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. He gained his education at Nadwatul Ulama, Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. He was associated with Jamia Millia Islamia for quite a long time where he also served as OSD to the Vice-Chancellor. He was also editor of the University magazine Risala Jamia. Azmi authored nearly 25 books. His book Shibli ka martaba adab mein made him famous. Besides, he also penned books on eminent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar.

Heir apparent to the erstwhile princely state of Bhopal in India, princess Abida Sultan, died at Karachi in Pakistan Saturday 11 May. She remained seriously ill for quite a long time.
Her father Nawab Hamidullah Khan was the ruler of second most important Muslim princely state after Hyderabad.
Being born in Bhopal on 28 August 1913, Abida, the eldest of three daughters, was the only ruler or heir apparent of a major princely state to have migrated to Pakistan in 1950.
She was the second Muslim lady to have obtained the Aircraft flying license in West Asia. Her only son Shaharyar M Khan has served as Pakistan Foreign Secretary. Abida was also a regular writer in the Pakistan media.

Yusuf Qureishi, prominent freedom fighter, died at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. He was of 70 years and suffering from cancer. Qureishi hailed from a reputed political and industrialist family. Young Qureishi along with his associates plunged into the struggle for Goa’s independence. He also went to jail several times during the Indian freedom struggle.

Hafiz Mansoor Ahmad Siddiqui, former editor and section officer of Aligarh Muslim University died Tuesday 14 May after succumbing to heart attack. He was of 66 years. He is survived by his widow, three sons and four daughters. 

Senior journalist Mohammed Farooq Ali alias Dr Farooq Rahi died at Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. He was popular and widely respected in the journalistic fraternity. He was associated with Andhra Pradesh and News Press Federation. People have deeply mourned his death. 

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