MIRPUR (AJK)-The 20th death anniversary of eminent worker of Pakistan and the Kashmir freedom movement Abdul Hamid Nizami was observed in Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday with full respect and honour.

People from various walks of life including political workers, journalists, writers, poets and workers of the Kashmir freedom movement prayed for the rest of the departed soul in eternal peace.

Fateh Khawani was held in his Mirpur residence. Speakers on the occasion paid rich tributes to late Abdul Hamid Nizami for his meritorious services for Pakistan and Kashmir freedom movement before and after the independence of Pakistan and for the promotion of healthy journalism in the country including Azad Jammu & Kashmir through his high intellect and pen.

He emerged as the active worker of the Kashmir freedom movement as he was not only an active worker of the Muslim Conference but also News Editor of "Sada-e-Kashmir" Radio located at undisclosed place in occupied Kashmir in 1947 meant for the promotion of the Pakistan movement as well as the Kashmiris struggle for freedom from the Dogra and Indian tyrannical rule.

In 1947, he was arrested from Sheirgarhi in occupied Srinagar by the then despotic Dogra rulers and put behind bars for an indefinite period for his "crime" of enlightening and raising the beacon of liberation and for working for the Pakistan movement. Later on he was released in 1949 as a result of a pact signed for the exchange of political prisoners and was sent to Pakistan.

Nizami had also earned distinction of being the founder head of the Sericulture Department in Azad Jammu & Kashmir after joining the AJK government Service as head of the state-run department for his vast experience in the field of sericulture.

He retired from AJK government service in 1975 on maturity of the stipulated age of retirement.

He was the author and translator of various books on the Kashmir freedom movement. Prominent among the books he translated into Urdu include "Azad Kashmir", "History Struggle for Freedom of Jammu & Kashmir" and "Inside Kashmir" authored by eminent writer, journalist, historian and the staunch supporter of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan Pandet Prem Nath Bazaz.

He also brought out eminent Urdu weekly of Azad Jammu Kashmir "Daur-e-Jadeed" for the promotion of Kashmiris indigenous struggle for freedom highlighting the importance of early peaceful solution to Kashmir issue till he breathed his last on January 13, 1998.