Srinagar, Nov 19: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary Muhammmad Iqbal Khanday passed away late last night at SKIMS Soura.
Reports said that 1978-batch IAS officer was suffering from cancer.
Khanday, who held several important positions in his career, was also principal secretary to the former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
Large number of people mostly bureaucrats participated in his funeral prayers. His death was widely condoled by politicians, bureaucrats and people from different shades of society.
Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti mentioned that Mohammad Iqbal Khandey was a simple person easy to get along with and totally dedicated to his job.
The former Chief Minister appreciated the significant contribution of the officer to various departments of the state he has served during his tenure. PDP President said in his death, the State Government has lost a dedicated officer and a generous human being.
She expressed her deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
“Sorry to hear about the demise of Iqbal Khanday Sb. He was Chief Secretary in J&K & worked with me when I had the privilege of heading the government. My heartfelt condolences to his family & loved ones. Allah Jannat naseeb karey,” tweeted Omar Abdullah.
CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami while expressing grief and sorrow over the demise of former chief secretary of the state said that Jammu and Kashmir has lost a well wisher who spent all his life for the betterment of public. “Throughout his career he worked tirelessly, honestly and with dedication for welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He worked against all odds and stood steadfast to serve the people of the state in most difficult times.”
Tarigami described his demise as a personal loss, saying his passing away has created a void in the state, which is difficult to fill up. “I express solidarity with the bereaved family.”
Peoples Democratic Party Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir termed Mohammad Iqbal Khandey as a visionary person dedicated to public service.
The PDP Chief Spokesperson said that the entire party is mourning the sad demise of a vibrant person who had significant contribution to the field of public service.
Senior party leaders, office bearers and legislators also expressed their deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari recalled the significant contribution of the deceased officer to various departments of the state during his various capacities.
He said in his death, the State has lost a dedicated administrator and a compassionate human being.
“I express my heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the bereaved family. The deceased was an astute officer who was extremely sincere to his official assignments,” Bukhari observed while expressing deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family.
The former finance minister also prayed for the peace to the departed soul and courage for his family members to bear this irreparable loss.