J&K Cultural Confederation Formed

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Srinagar: A group of citizens working for the promotion of Kashmiri language and culture Saturday launched the Jammu Kashmir Cultural Confederation and adopted its constitution.

Gyanpeeth awardee Prof Rehman Rahi presided over the meeting which set up an ad-hoc Executive Committee. The meeting attended by representatives of over 50 groups working across J&K.

Prof Rahi was elected as Chief Patron and noted writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal as patron of the confederation. Noted journalist Dr Shujaat Bukhari was nominated as the Chairman with the mandate to nominate the ad-hoc body till the formal elections are held. 

Later on the executive committee and an advisory council was nominated with six vice presidents, general secretary, five secretaries, a treasurer and a spokesman. Accordingly Ali Shaida, G R Hasarat Gadda, Manshoor Banihali, Shehbaz Rajourvi and Nasim Shifai were nominated as vice chairpersons while the historian and writer Prof Farooq Fayaz will be the general secretary. Waheed Jeelani was nominated as treasurer and Mohammad Amin Bhat as spokesman. Ashraf Raavi, Ayash Arif,  Bhawani Bashir Yasir, Suhail Siddiqui and Abdul Ahad Hajini will be the Secretaries of JKCC with different responsibilities. The post of vice chairperson for Jammu will be filled later.

The executive committee will have Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob, Nasim ul Haque, Ghulam Ahmad Sofi, Izhar Mubashir, Riyaz Khaki, Gulab Saifi, Ateeqa Bano, Hameedah Shah, Ehtisham Butt, Dr Rafeeq Masoodi , Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, G N Shahid and Shabir Hussain Shabir as members.

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