Soz asks ASI to declare NC founder Sheikh Abdullah’s residence a heritage site

Srinagar/May, 2 : Senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof. Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday asked the Archaeological Survey of India to declare the residence of National Conference founder Late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in Soura Srinagar as a heritage site.In a statement issued on Wednesday after his return from the site Soz said “I have taken up the issue with the Director General, Archaeological Survey of India Usha Sharma and urged her to declare the premises (residence) of late Sheikh Sahab as a heritage site,” adding that “the prominent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Gaffar Khan, Abdul Samad Khan Uchakzai, Maulana Azad, Faiz Ahmad faiz, Mian Amiruddin, Mohammad Din Taseer, Sheikh Sadiq Hassan and others have also visited Sheikh Abdullah’s residence” .

He said that Pakistan’s emissary Sheikh Sadiq Hassan had met Sheikh Abdullah and Gulam Ahmad Ashai to discuss Kashmir’s future at this house.

Soz said that it was a great privilege for him to have met Late Sheikh Abdullah near the Chinar Tree along with Sahibzada Hassan Shah, (the then Principal M.A.M College, Jammu) and Prof. G.N. Sidiqi in 1966.

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