Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
Former Law Minister Sheikh Mohammad Maqbool, passed away on Thursday in Srinagar after a brief Illness. He was 85.
His Nimaz-e -Jinaza will be offered at 9.30 am tomorrow at Kanlibagh, Baramulla.
He was born at Khanpora, Baramulla and was now residing at Kanlibagh.
Senior PDP leader and Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar condoled the demise of Sheikh Maqbool.
In his condolence message, he termed Maqbool as a legal luminary, who with his insight did a great service to society and the administration.
Akhtar said the deceased had indepth knowledge of laws and always favoured tweaking of laws in such a way that it would provide greater benefit to people particularly the marginalized section.
“The services of Maqbool will be remembered for a long time in the State,” he said and prayed to Almighty to grant deceased highest place in Jannat and give courage to his family members to bear the loss.
Shiekh received his education from St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School Baramulla and moved to Aligarh and pursued Masters in LLB from there.
He was a lawyer but started his career as a professor of history at St. Joseph’s College Baramulla (presently GDC Baramulla).
After some time, he resigned from the college and practiced law in District and Sessions Court Baramulla.
Shiekh was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Baramulla twice. He became Minister of Law and Parliamentary affairs in Farooq Abdullah's tenure.
Besides being a successful lawyer, he was elected first chairman of Baramulla Town Area Committee (now Municipal Committee Baramulla) after elections for the seat was held after a gap of more than two decades in early 1970’s.
In the initial days, he was a great fan of Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah and an active member of Mahazi Rai Shumari (plebiscite front). He was also jailed many a times.