SRINAGAR: National Conference on Friday paid glowing tributes to veteran NC leader and former general secretary advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmed on his third death anniversary.
Party President Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah highlighted Sheikh Nazir Ahmed’s unparalleled contribution to the party and termed him as a statesman who stood in defence of his principles till his last breath.
Congregation Fateha Khwani was held at Sheikh Nazir Ahmed’s ancestral graveyard at Soura followed by a party function at NC Headquarters at Nawa-e-Subha Complex.
“Sheikh Nazir was a courageous son of the soil who served the people and his party without any self-seeking ambitions. He never aspired for a position of power in the government, nor did he advance any personal goals. He always maintained a close rapport with the party workers and remained accessible to them even when his health was in shambles,” Farooq Abdullah said in his message.
“Nazir stood by his principles till his last breath and never compromised on his ideology and views. He was an honest and hardworking leader who epitomized simplicity in his personal life. On his third death anniversary, we salute Nazir’s legacy and pay glowing tributes to him”, Abdullah said.
Omar Abdullah has also paid glowing tributes to Sheikh Nazir Ahmed on his third death anniversary. “Nazir’s demise created a vacuum not only within National Conference but also in the state’s polity that will be very hard to fill. His service towards his people remained the focal point of his life and he devoted his entire life in serving the party. His honesty and steadfastness continues to inspire the rank and file of the party, and we will all carry forward his legacy and struggle by serving our people,” he said.
NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar described Sheikh Nazir Ahmed as a tall statesman and an exemplary and visionary leader who served his State and its people without any personal interests. “Nazir never accumulated property or wealth and never furthered his own interests or those of his kith and kin. His biggest asset was the love and affection of the people for him and he was at one with party workers all his life. His doors were always open for all of us and he served this party with his heart and soul till his last breath. With his demise, National Conference lost a guiding light and a visionary leader and we pay glowing tributes to Nazir on his death anniversary,” he said.