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Ali Mohammed Naik passes away
JAMMU, Apr 21: Veteran National Conference leader, former minister and Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Ali Mohammed Naik Friday evening passed away in the summer capital.

He was 85.

According to family sources, Naik breathed his last on the way to Srinagar hospital where he was being rushed to after his situation deteriorated at his ancestral house at Tral at around 6.00 PM. Naik had been ailing for quite some time.

His burial and Nimaz-e-Janaza will be performed at Tral tomorrow at 10.00 AM.

Naik has been an old political activist who was Secretary General of Mahaz-e-Rai Shumari. He was elected to the state assembly four times from Tral, was minister thrice. He served as the Revenue, Education and Fisheries Minister.

He was last elected to the Lok Sabha in 1999 when he defeated Mufti Mohammed Sayeed from Anantnag parliamentary constituency.

Naik was one of the many NC lawmakers who allied with Ghulam Mohammad Shah when he toppled Dr Farooq Andullah’s government. Shah made him the Revenue Minister. Post-1990, Naik and almost all others returned to NC, contested and were elected to the assembly.

After Naik completed his term as MP, he was attacked by militants in which he survived yet was seriously injured. He survived with the handicaps of that attack till his death.

He spent most of his post-attack days as being member of the in-house Legislative Committee to choose the best lawmaker in debates and discussions.

Naik is survived by two sons Nisar Hussain Naik and Rafiq Ahmed Nail, both government employees and three daughters.

His death has been widely mourned in political and social circles across the state.

News Updated at : Saturday, April 22, 2017
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