Saturday, October 30, 2010


Srinagar, Oct 30 (Only Kashmir): The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday was conferred with doctorate for his thesis based on the book on political thought in Islam by the famous saint Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) popularly known as Amir-e-Kabir.
The doctorate has been conferred upon Mirwaiz by the University of Kashmir for his thesis ‘Mir Syed Ali Hamdani’s Dhakriratul Muluk: An Annotation and Translation’
Elated over the feat, Mirwaiz credited his mother for motivating him to pursue higher studies. “I express gratitude to all those including people of Jammu and Kashmir who directly or indirectly helped me achieve the feat,” he said.
Biography of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq born 23 March 1973) is the chairman of the Awami Action Committee and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference- a grassroots coalition of pro-independence secessionist groups in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. He attended Burn Hall School in Srinagar.
As a Mirwaiz (preacher) of Kashmir and head of the Hurriyat he has both an important religious and political role in the politics of the Kashmir.
Placed on the stage at the age of 17, following the assassination of his father, Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq, then the leader of Awami Action Committee, Umar Farooq united 23 Kashmiri organizations into the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). However the party was divided in two parts vis-à-vis Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz and Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani. He was also shown among the Asian Heroes by the Times magazine. He maintains that dialogue must take place with India and Pakistan, so long as the Kashmiri aspirations are heard as well.
He inherited as the 12th Mirwaiz (Kashmiri term for traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990.Before joining the pro-freedom Kashmir politics,Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was an alumnus of the prestigious Burn Hall School in Srinagar,he had interests in computers and he wanted to become a software engineer. But fate had something else in store for this man, who became founder-chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference at the age of 20. He also holds a masters degree in Islamic Studies from Cairo University Egypt.
“Only Kashmir” hearty congratulates Mirwaiz for achieving this desired mark.


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