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Obituaries

The Milli Gazette Online

Prof Abrar Husain, controller of examinations in Kashmir University died in Srinagar after a fall from third storey of the University building. According to official sources, he was examining some papers on the third floor and he stepped out for some work but slipped and fell down. He died on the spot.

Maulana Asa’d Israeli, famous author died in a Muradabad hospital on 8 May. He was 55 and had extensive knowledge about old and new literature. He was laid to rest the next day in his family graveyard in Sambhal. He leaves behind his widow, sons and daughters and one brother. He wrote about half a dozen books in addition to hundreds of papers and articles on literary, philosophical and research topics.

Naasira Begum, Principal of Jannat Nishan Girls College and Educational Mission died in Moradabad on 5 May. She was a virtuous and religious lady and the services rendered by her for the promotion of education can never be forgotten. 

Maulana Qari Shareef Ahmad, head of Jamia Ashraful Uloom Rashidi died in Panipat on 4 May. After qualifying from Darul Uloom, Deoband in 1949 he joined the institution and it is because of his efforts that today there are 1700 local and outside students and 55 employees in the institution. He had a sound knowledge of 
phonetics, Arabic and Persian literature. 

Akbar Ali Khandkar, a close confidant of Trinamool Congress leader Mamta Banerjee and a former Member of Parliament of the party died in a Delhi hospital on 25 April after a prolonged illness. He was only 47. He had been elected MP for 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from West Bengal’s Seerampur Lok Sabha constituency. He was also one of the founder members of Trinamool Congress. 

K.K. Jafarkhan, a veteran journalist and senior editor at Arab News, died of cardiac arrest in Jeddah on 25 April. He was 57. Kamalalayam Kesavan Jafarkhan, a postgraduate in engineering, is survived by his wife and two sons. Jafarkhan joined Arab News three years ago. A seasoned journalist with his career spanning nearly 35 years, Jafarkhan, who hailed from Trivandrum in the southern Indian state of Kerala, worked in several newspapers in India and the Gulf. After a stint with Free Press Journal in Bombay, Jafarkhan joined the Saudi Gazette in 1977 and worked in senior editorial positions until 1990. Thereafter, he held senior positions at Gulf Times in Doha and Gulf Today in Sharjah. He was city editor at Khaleej Times and news editor at Gulf News, both in Dubai.

Sayed Fazal Ali, Imam of Pathar ki Masjid, Patna died of heart attack at Patna. A lot of people joined his funeral prayers after which he was laid to rest in a local graveyard.

Famous Urdu poet and intellectual, Qazi Saleem is no more. He died on 5 May at Aurangabad at the age of 76. He leaves behind his widow and a daughter. A number of litterateurs including Dr Qamar Raees, Shamsur Rahman Farooqi, Dr Gopi Chand Narang, Mazhar Imam, Prof Shaharyar and others expressed their deep sorrow over his death and paid rich tributes to him. Mujtaba Husain said that after Hasrat Mohani Qazi Saleem was the only Member of Parliament and poet who can be called a saint. 

Famous Urdu scholar and translator, Noor Nabi Abbasi died in New Delhi on 12 April at the age of 75. He leaves behind five sons one of whom is a stage artiste and poet, Humayun Abbasi. He translated more than 200 books in Urdu, English and Hindi. His Urdu translation of KPS. Menon’s, who was India’s former ambassador to USSR, book From Malabar to Moscow won him Sahitya Academy Award. He had retired as Asstt. Director from Union home ministry’s Central Translation Bureau. 
Mahmood Akhtar Dilshad Saharanpuri, senior Urdu poet died in his home town Saharanpur on 24 April. He was a man of sincerity, high moral character and jovial nature. He is survived by his widow, seven sons and four daughters. 

Aseer Shadani, famous Urdu poet of the city of Jigar Muradabadi died on 13 May at his residence. He was 65 and leaves behind his wife, one daughter and six sons. He was laid to rest at a local graveyard. Anthology of his poems has also been published.
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