Congress MP Maulana As­rarul Haq Qasmi dies

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PUR­NIA: Congress MP and Is­lamic scholar Maulana As­rarul Haq Qasmi died of a heart at­tack at his Tarabari Tappu vil­lage home in Kis­hanganj dis­trict on Fri­day morn­ing, fam­ily mem­bers said.

He was 76 and is sur­vived by three sons and two daugh­ters. His wife Salma Khatun died a few years ago.

Qasmi was known for gen­eros­ity and was quite ac­ces­si­ble. A noted Is­lamic scholar, Qasmi used to write for al­most many Urdu news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines pub­lished in In­dia. He was a mem­ber of All In­dia Mus­lim Per­sonal Law Board and founder mem­ber of All In­dia Milli Coun­cil.

Born on Fe­bru­ary 15 in 1942, Qasmi had won the Kis­hanganj Lok Sabha seat for the first time in 2009 and went on to re­tain the it five years later on Congress ticket.

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi and Congress lead­ers in­clud­ing its Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi ex­pressed grief over the demise of Qasmi.

“Sad­dened to hear about the demise of Congress party’s MP from Kis­hanganj Maulana As­rarul Haq,” Gandhi said on Twit­ter.

Other Congress lead­ers joined Gandhi in mourn­ing the death of the leader.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mal­likar­jun Kharge said the coun­try had lost a learned leader. Qasmi al­ways es­poused and fought to pre­serve sec­u­lar val­ues, he added.

“I am deeply sad­dened by the demise of Mo­ham­mad As­rarul Haque, a se­nior Con­gress­man and a pop­u­lar leader from Kis­hanganj, Bi­har, from where he was elected as Lok Sabha mem­ber twice. He was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity in his con­stituency,” said

■ Maulana As­rarul Haq Qasmi

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