Fida Ali: An Affable Information Officer Passes Away

Fida Ali

Srinagar: A retired Deputy Director of the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations, Fida Ahmad Fida (Shawl) passed away on Monday.

Director Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Rahul Pandey condoled the demise of Fida, who passed away today morning.

In a condolence message, Rahul Pandey expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Fida Ali and remembered him for his contribution to the department.

Friends and colleagues of Vida expressed condolences and termed Fida a down-to-earth and efficient colleague.

Noted author and historian Khalid Bashir Ahmad said that Fida was a decent colleague, knowledgeable person with pleasing manners who had a flair for poetry also. “Had come to know about his ailment from Imdad Saqi after I noticed him missing from the Facebook for a long time. Kept myself updated about his health through Imdad Sahib who once facilitated my brief conversation with him on phone while he was fighting the killer disease. His death has saddened and shocked me,” Bashir wrote on facebook.

Veteran journalist Yousuf Jameel said that he was saddened and devastated with the demise of Fida.

Jameel, who has been a school friend of Fida said, “I was very close to him. His death is a personal loss. My heartfelt condolences to his daughters wife, Imdad Saqi Sb and Mohd Shafi Khan Sb. May Allah give him highest place in jannah.”

Many others recalled the nobleness of Fida.

Noted Kashmiri columnist ZG Muhammad said that Fida was a jolly person, gentle and sociable.

“For few years he was my colleague and during Darbar Move was my neighbour for two years…a pleasant looking gentleman.. May his soul rest in peace.”

Another noted journalist Mohammad Sayeed Malik said that he was shocked with the passing away of Fida.

“Fids Ali has been a long time friend and former colleague (while I headed the Information dept mid-1970s). Personally, he was warm hearted and of friendly disposition. Till a year or so back we were in contact. And now this sudden shocking news of his sad demise. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Condolences to the bereaved family. Fid Ali was one of the really cultured and civilised persons. Liked to do his job honestly. Our world is rendered poorer with his tragic departure.”

A former bureaucrat Farooq Lone recalled Fida as a decent, affable gentleman with great human qualities.

Another journalist Khursheed Wani remembered Fida as a known face.

He said Fida was always there in the official media events.

“Graceful and ready to engage. May Allah grant him highest place in Jannah.”

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