Sardar Abdul Qayyum dies at 91


Islamabad: Veteran Kashmiri leader and former AJK President Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan passed away here on Friday.

He was 91. Funeral prayer of the late leader will be offered at his ancestral village Ghazi Abad on Saturday.

Sardar Abdul Qayyum was born on April 4, in 1924 at Ghazi Abad, District Bagh of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He was among the founding leaders of Kashmir liberation struggle.

He launched his freedom struggle against Dogra rule on 23rd of August at Neelabutt Azad Kashmir as a result, part of the state was liberated called Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Sardar Mohammad Abdul Qayyum Khan was inducted in AJK cabinet as Minister in 1952, he was elected President of AJK state in 1956 by the General Council of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference.

He was re-elected President in 1971, 1985 and 1999. Qayyum was elected as Prime Minister of the Azad Kashmir by the state assembly in 1991.

In 2002, he was appointed as Chairman of National Kashmir Committee and was also the supreme head of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference.

Sardar Mohammad Abdul Qayyum Khan struggled for liberation of Kashmir and accession of the state to Pakistan. He was also author of dozens of books in English and Urdu. He highlighted the Kashmir issue at various international forums.