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Obituaries: 16-31 March
Muhammad Jahangir, a Panchayat Raj scholarship-holder engineer of Golkunda, Hyderabad died in Makkah on 10 February. He had gone there for performing Haj. He was buried in Jannatul Mualla graveyard of Makkah.
Hakim Ghulam Nabi, former emir of Jamaat-e-Islami died on 3 February after protracted illness at the SKIMS, Srinagar. He was a graduate from Deoband and had topped the list of his class. He has also a graduation in Unani medicines from Delhi. He was 90. He has several books to his credit. He could not complete his book Maut Se Wapsi (return from death). Thousands of people attended his funeral at his ancestral village Moulo Chitragam. He was twice elected amir-e-Jamaat in 1988 and 1999. He also contested parliamentary elections in 1972. Condolence meetings were held at several places.
Senior Urdu journalist Raees Mirza died on 19 February of heart attack in Delhi. He was 71 and is survived by wife and a daughter. He was buried in Saket graveyard. Born in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh Mirza was a representative of the daily Akkas published from Kolkata. He also used to write for the weekly cultural column of the Urdu daily Qaumi Awaz and was ever active in the promotion of cultural activities and national integrity.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj has condoled the demise of Raees Mirza. She said in her condolence message that the country had lost a great journalist with the demise of Mirza. He was a columnist, a progressive writer and a thinker. She further said that Mirza always represented the feelings of the downtrodden and maintained the values of communal harmony and national unity.
Razia Nizami, wife of eminent historian and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim
University late Khalique Ahmad Nizami died of heart attack at her residence in Aligarh on 19 February. She was 76. She is survived by daughter Azra Nizami and three sons- Prof Ehtisham Ahmad Nizami (AMU), Mujib Ahmad Nizami and Farhan Ahmad Nizami, director of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, London. The late VC’s son Prof Wajih Ahmad Nizami had also died of heart attack after 10 months of his demise.
The wife of late Maulana Syed Kalbe Abid and mother of Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawwad died in Lucknow on 19 February. She was 75 and is survived by two sons and three daughters. She belonged to Lucknow’s literary family Baqirul Uloom.
The mother of Maulana Asim Zafar Sabri, Imam of Nai Sadak mosque, Kanpur died on 22 February. Her funeral prayer was offered at Choti Idgah of