SRINAGAR, June 10: Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and others have paid tributes to Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg, former Deputy CM of J&K, on his 36th death anniversary.
In his tributes, Governor N N Vohra observed that Mirza Afzal Beg was an astute administrator and parliamentarian who, as Sheikh Abdullah’s Revenue Minister, was the architect of visionary land reforms and enforcement of pro-tiller policies.
Governor noted that Mirza Beg would perhaps be remembered most for the maturity and farsight with which he conducted the extended parleys, in the mid 1970s, with the representative of the Union, leading to the “Beg-Parthasarthy Accord”, a landmark in J&K – Delhi understandings.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti in her message, described late Afzal Beg a seasoned leader whose contribution in the public life of Jammu & Kashmir would be remembered for ever. She said his contribution in the historic land reforms, which led to equal distribution of land resources among people, has been monumental. People would continue to recall his far sightedness and maturity with which he conducted himself in politics and administration, the Chief Minister added.
National Conference also paid tributes to Late Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg as well Late Khwaja Ghulam Mohuiddin Shah on their 36th and 14th death anniversaries, respectively.
Paying tributes to Afzal Beg, NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah said that Late Beg’s contributions and vital role in the history of Jammu and Kashmir’s struggle for dignity especially in the Quit Kashmir Movement and the land-to-tiller reform movement would be remembered for all times to come.
Recollecting the contribution of Late Mohuiddin Shah in selflessly serving National Conference for decades, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that Khwaja Ghulam Mohuiddin Shah’s vital role in framing the Autonomy Document and consolidating an ideological support for the restoration of Autonomy in the State was an open, glorious chapter for people to read.
Paying tributes to Late Afzal Beg and Late Mohuiddin Shah, NC vice president Omar Abdullah said that the contributions of both veteran leaders in scripting a glorious era of public service would go down in history as a testament of leadership and statesmanship.
NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Abdul Rahim Rather and other senior leaders of the party also paid rich tributes to Mirza Afzal Beg and Mohuiddin Shah on their death anniversary.