SRINAGAR Prominent face of Pakistans Kashmiri community Syed Javed Ali Shah Hamdani was laid to rest in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Syed Javed, 82 had passed away after prolonged illness at the Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi late on Monday.
Syed Javed was laid to rest at Shah Qaf cemetery, New Katarian Rawalpindi and the funeral prayers were attended by a large number of people from different walks of life.They included Hurriyat leaders and a large number of Kashmiris settled in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Speaker of Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir represented his government at the funeral.
A noted philanthropist, Syed Javed worked tirelessly for the Kashmir cause and his house was an abode for Kashmiri refugees and activists for years especially after 1990 uprising.
From ordinary Kashmiris to top leadership everyone would make it a point to pay a visit to late Syed Javeds residence in Satellite town, Rawalpindi which had turned home away from home for countless Kashmiris trapped there by the circumstances, said Tahir Masood, a Hurriyat leader.
Syed Javed who hailed from Surtaing, Rainawari, had migrated to Pakistan soon after first Kashmir war of 1948 when he was a teenager.
After a tough struggle he managed to establish himself as a successful businessman in Rawalpindi and became close associate of Kashmiri leaders like Mirwaiz Maulana Yusuf Shah and KH Khurshhed.
Syed Javeds business establishment, Showkat Art Press too was a centre for Kashmiri politics for years till he sold it out and rest of his properties in Rawalpindi in a bid to live rest of his life in Srinagar.
In 2004 Syed Javed returned to Srinagar with a hope to live last phase of his life in his native land but that was not to be. Dejected he returned to Pakistan soon afterwards where he virtually lived solitary life till his death on Tuesday.
According to family Fateha for the departed shall be held at the residence of his elder brother, Haji Syed Hussain Shah, House No 55, Nabdipora-Hawal Srinagar, Kashmir on Friday.
Meanwhile the death of Syed Javed has been widely condoled on the both sides of the divide.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed sorrow over his demise saying late Syed Javed was a true and selfless supporter of Kashmir cause.
Mirwaiz said the deceased was one of the close associates of the son of Mohajir-e-millat Mirwaiz Yousuf who migrated to Pakistan-administered-Kashmir and played a vital role in highlighting Kashmir cause.
Terming his death as a huge void, Mirwaiz expressed his sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Ittehadul Muslimeen patron Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari termed late Syed Javed a a true son of soil whose heart was brimming with the love for his motherland.
Kashmir High Court Bar Association also paid glowing tributes to Syed Javed Hamdani. He (Syed Javed) greeted every kashmiri with open arms and profound love and affection who had a chance to visit Pakistan. His death is a great and irreparable loss to the Kashmiri freedom struggle, Bar Association said in a statement.
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