SRINAGAR: Former National Conference (NC) legislator Mohammad Aslam Banday has passed away in SKIMS on Sunday, family sources said. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after his health deteriorated.
Banday was a school teacher and was very close to NC leader Mohammad Shafi Uri, also a teacher. Later, when he was transferred to Ladakh for his political activities, he put in his papers and joined his friend, Mohammad Shafi Uri, who had also resigned earlier.
Since 1971, he was been associated with for NC and in 1997, Banday was nominated to the state’s legislative council for a full six-year term.
A resident of Slamabad in Uri, Banday is survived by four sons and three daughters. One of his sons, Ibrar Aslam had deserted Kashmir and crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC). Though he had gone for a different reason, he eventually settled there, started a small business and settled in Muzaffarabad. Banday was living with Rizwan, his youngest son. Two of his sons are teachers.
Family sources said Banday had a cardiac problem that was detected almost two years back in Jammu following which he had to undergo some angiography procedure. He reported chest pain on Saturday and was rushed to SKIMSwhere he passed away on Sunday.
His body will be taken to Uri for burial.