The 26th death anniversary of renowned hero of Kashmiri liberation movement and former AJK president Col (r) Syed Ali Ahmed Shah was observed across the liberated state on Monday. Major ceremony to mark the anniversary was held at Kashmir Press Club Mirpur, the native town of the freedom struggle hero. Quran Khawani was held for the departed soul besides a special function to pay glorious tributes to the departed Kashmiri leader.

Earlier, the participants offered fateha at his mausoleum for the departed soul and other martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir besides praying for the early success of Kashmir freedom movement.

Former AJK president Raja Zulqarnain Khan was the chief guest at the ceremony which was chaired by Chairman Ali Ahmed Shah Memorial Society Syed Nishat Hussain Kazmi.

Speakers including the chief guest Special Assistant to AJK PM Ch Muhammad Ashraf, City Administrator Kh Sajid Mehmood, former Jammu Kashmir People Party president Syed Nishaat Hussain Kazmi, Secretary Syed Ali Ahmed Memorial Society Qaiser Shiraz Kazmi, KD Ch, Raza Bukhari, Muhammad Amin Butt and others paid glorious tributes to former president Syed Ali Shah for his meritorious services for the Kashmir cause and the development of AJK. Born in 1901 at old Mirpur city, late Syed Ali Shah got his preliminary education in the old Mirpur city and later from the Mission School in Srinagar. He joined the British India army in 1923 as Lieutenant. Later on, he performed an active role in the Kashmir freedom struggle after the retirement from 20-year British-India military service before and after 1947.

He was awarded the title of Ghazi-e-Millat in acknowledgement of his great services to the Kashmir cause. Late Shah sahib remained the AJK president from May 1950 to September 1951.