PALANDARI: Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir paid glowing tributes to the renowned social reformer, Col Khan Muhammad Khan, popularly known as Khan Sahib for his multifaceted services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The legendary freedom fighter and icon of valour and optimism was remembered at his 57th death anniversary function organized at his native Palandari town, which was also addressed besides others by Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan, AJK Minister for Health, Dr Najib Naqi, Member of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wasi, Col Aurangzeb, Sardar Muhammad Hafiz Khan Advocate, President Distyrict Bar Association Palandari, Sardar Khaliq-ur-Rehman, Ms Tahmina Sadiq and Haji Mansha Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan, who was chief guest at the event, said Col Khan Muhammad Khan, popularly known as Khan Sahib was symbol of courage, dedication and selflessness, who fought both politically and militarily for the rights of his people.
Sardar Masood Khan stressed the need of following footsteps of leaders like Col Khan Muhammad Khan for early success of Kashmir Liberation Movement and establishment of an enlightened welfare society.
“Khan Sahib of Poonch was not only a legendary freedom fighters of Kashmir’s liberation struggle but was also a great politician, a social reformers and an ardent campaigner for the education, especially education of women, President Masood said
He said that services rendered to nation by Col Khan Muhammad Khan in Kashmir liberation struggle, education of the people of his area and reformation of society by eradicating social evils would remain matter of great pride and inspiration to the present and coming generations.
The President said that Col Khan dedicated his entire life and resources for improving the lot of the people of Kashmir in general and for the people of Poonch in Particular. He said inaddition, Khan Sahib was an educationist par excellence, a military strategist, a freedom fighter, an accomplished politician and a polished law maker.
Speaking on the occasion, AJK Minister for health and grandson of Col Khan Sahib, Dr Najib Naqi said that Khan Sahib was multifaceted personality who was politician, law maker, educationist, social reformer and military commander at the same time.
Other speakers also paid rich tributes to Baba-e- Poonch for his estimable services he rendered for the general welfare well- being of the Kashmiri Muslims.
Earlier President Sardar Masood Khan visited the mausoleum of Col Khan Muhammad Khan and laid floral wreath on his grave and offered Fateha for the departed soul.