At a meet held to condole the death of Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari here on Wednesday, the People's Democratic Party paid rich tributes to Molvi Ansari, who had passed away on Tuesday.
The meet was presided over by party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Others who participated in the meet, included party president Mehbooba Mufti, Member of Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the death of Molvi Ansari is a great loss to party. Describing Molvi Ansari as a friend in adversity, Mufti said his departure was not only a blow to party but also deprived the state services of a tall and outstanding leader.
"Molvi Sahib was a friend on whom he counted for advice and support and he felt a vacuum created by his departure,'' he added.
He, however, expressed confidence that Molvi Imran Raza Ansari and other members of the family would carry forward the legacy of Molvi Sahib.
Expressing her condolence, party president Mehbooba Mufti said, "We feel equally bereaved by Molvi Sahib's death as Molvi Imran Raza Ansari and other members of his family. Molvi Sahib was an important factor in the rise and expansion of the party who generated hopes among the cadres and was a source of great energy for everybody who worked with him,'' she said.
A special fateh was also offered at the meeting which was led by party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar.