WASHINGTON - Prominent Kashmiri leader Ghulam Nabi Fai on Friday expressed his condolences on the passing away of Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister and President, stating he was a "courageous leader." "He was a giant among Kashmiri politicians. We will miss him a lot," he said in a statement. “Sardar Qayyum Khan was a captivating personality, iconic leader with prudence, shrewdness and judiciousness," he said.

"He was a legendary and eminent politician of Azad Kashmir who rendered his services for upholding the human and political rights of the people of the State.”

"His advocacy of the cause of Kashmir at the corridors of power at international capitols have had a lasting impact on the policy makers, where he used to make a persuasive and convincing case for the resolution of Kashmir dispute,”Fai added.