Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Prominent Shia Cleric, President of All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association, breathed his last at his home in Qamarwari, Srinagar on Tuesday morning.
Born on 26 April, 1940, Ansari was the Vice-President of Peoples Democratic Party. He had become Member of Legislative Council in 1972 and later got elected to the state assembly in 1983. He was again elected in 1996, re-elected in 2002 and 2008.
The news of Iftikhar Ansari’s death spread like wild fire across the valley and thousands of his followers thronged his home and mourned the death.
Tens of thousands of people took Ansari’s funeral procession from his residence Qamarwari to Imambada Zadibal and attended his funeral prayers including various political leaders and religious scholars.
Roads from Qamerwari to Zadibal were Jam-Packed with mourners and traffic remained crippled in the adjoining areas of these routes in Srinagar