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Iqbal Khanday’s demise widely mourned

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Gov Malik, Vohra, former CM’s others pay tributes

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 19: The demise of former J&K Chief Secretary, Mohammed Iqbal Khanday, who passed away in Srinagar this morning was widely mourned across the State.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the sad demise of Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, former J&K Chief Secretary who passed away in Srinagar this morning.

Governor in his condolence message described him as an able administrator who worked with dedication for public welfare.

Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in its hour of grief.

Former Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra and his wife too have condoled the demise of ex-chief secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.

“N.N. Vohra, former Governor J&K, and his wife, have, in a message to Mrs. Khanday, conveyed grief and their heartfelt sympathy on the untimely passing away of her husband,  Iqbal Khanday,” said a statement.

Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Monday condoled the demise of former chief secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.

In her condolence message, Mehbooba mentioned that Mohammad Iqbal Khandey was a simple person easy to get along with and totally dedicated to his job.

The Chief Minister appreciated the significant contribution of the officer to various departments of the state he has served during his tenure.

PDP President said in his death, the State Government has lost a dedicated officer and a generous human being.

National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on Monday expressed grief over the demise of former bureaucrat Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.

Dr Farooq while expressing condolences on his demise said, “I pray for peace to the soul of deceased. I pray to almighty to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.”

Omar Abdullah while offering condolences said that the deceased served on many key posts and that he would be remembered for his work ethics. “I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of the Khanday sb. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Omar also participated in his Nimaz-e-Janaza prayers. He was accompanied by party general secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani.

Other party leaders have also expressed grief over the demise of Iqbal Khanday.

CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami also expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Khanday, who breathed his last at SKIMS, Srinagar today.

In Khanday sahib’s death Jammu and Kashmir has lost a well wisher who spent all his life for the betterment of public. Throughout his career he worked tirelessly, honestly and with dedication for welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He worked against all odds and stood steadfast to serve the people of the state in most difficult times, Tarigami said.

Senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday also condoled the demise of Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.

Expressing commiseration, Bukhari recalled the significant contribution of the deceased officer to various departments of the state during his various capacities.

He said in his death, the State has lost a dedicated administrator and a compassionate human being.

Meanwhile, the Secretary Information Department Sarmad Hafeez expressing his grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary said that Iqbal Khanday was the man with a compassionate heart, who always worked for the welfare of people of the State. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaving family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.

A condolence meeting was also held in the Information Department, which was presided over by the Director Information Department Tariq Ahmed Zargar. The Director expressing his grief over the demise said that the State has lost a gifted administrator, whose problem-solving skills and promptness to deliver would always be remembered.

In a condolence message, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary. The office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also held a condolence meeting which was attended by all the officers, who prayed for peace to the departed soul. The role of the deceased in the capacity of Head of the Departments was lauded and the whole Revenue Department expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

The KAS Officers Association expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary J&K State. The Association held a condolence meeting, convened by its President Tasaduq Hussain Mir today here at Civil Secretariat Jammu.

It was attended by the various officers and office bearers of the KAS Officers Association and various other officers.

The President of the Association hailed the deceased as an officer of impeccable integrity with a deep sense of commitment towards the people of the State and said that his demise is an irreparable loss to the State.

In a condolence message, Under Secretaries to the government (Promotee) expressing their heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family, remembered the deceased for his administrative acumen and dynamism.

The J&K Public Service Commission held a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of Latief-u-Zaman Deva, chairman to express their heartfelt condolence on the demise of Mohammad Iqbal Khanday. The Commission observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul and also prayed to Almighty to rest his soul in peace and give fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this untimely and irreparable loss.

Social Welfare Department in their condolence message said that Iqbal Khanday has left an everlasting and indelible impression on the State administration. In an official handout issued here, the spokesperson of the department said that State will remember precious public service of Iqbal Khanday as a bureaucrat who had great administrative skills. The press release read that the Department was stunned over the demise of a noble soul and prayed for the courage to bereaved family to bear this irresponsible loss. The department also expressed solidarity with the deceased’s sister Rukhsana Gani who is Director General Social Welfare Department Kashmir.

In their condolence message, the Faculty members and offices of the Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development, Regional Centre, Sidhra Jammu expressed their condolences on the demise of Iqbal Khanday and said that the deceased was known for his promptness in decision-making during his tenure as Director, IMPARD.

The J&K Civil Secretariat Employees Union also convened a meeting attended by the various officers and office bearers of the Association to mourn the demise. A two-minute silence was observed to pay respects to the departed soul and pray for his eternal peace.

Expressing their grief over demise of Iqbal Khanday, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir in a press release issued here said that the department along with the teachers’ fraternity remembers the deceased for his outstanding and inspirational contribution in administration, which they witnessed during his tenure as the Director School Education Kashmir from 1st March 1987 to 31st November 1988.

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