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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Facts, Biography & More

Bio/Wiki Full NameMirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq Other NameUmar Farooq ProfessionKashmiri Separatist Leader and Religious Cleric Known ForA Kashmiri separatist leader Physical Stats & More Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Politics Political PartyAawami Action Committee, a part of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Political Journey• After the assassination of his father Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq on 21 May 1990, he took over the reins of "Aawami Action Committee".

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

  1. Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq is the 14th Mirwaiz of Kashmir and a moderate Kashmiri separatist leader.

  2. He is the chairman of the Awami Action Committee which is one of two key factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

  3. As the Mirwaiz of the Kashmir and chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, he has an important religious and political role. He is the spiritual leader of the Muslims of Kashmir and is the Head Priest of Jama Masjid, Srinagar.

Jama Masjid, Srinagar

  1. His father Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Moulana Moulvi Muhammad Farooq Shah was the 13th Mirwaiz of Kashmir. He was assassinated by unknown gunmen on 21 May 1990. Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mohammad Ayub Dar was convicted for the murder and Supreme Court of India upheld the conviction in 2010.

  2. Umar Farooq at that time was 17 years old and he was handed over the charge of the Awami Action Committee and was made the 14th Mirwaiz of Kashmir.

  3. After his father’s death, Umar Farooq united all the 23  Kashmiri pro-freedom organizations into the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). In 1993, he became the uncontested chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, an amalgam 23 of pro-resistance political parties. [4]Kashmir Reader

  4. In an interview, he said that as a teenager the work of his father didn’t appeal to him and that he was interested in becoming a computer engineer. But after the assassination of his father, he had to join politics and that now he does not regret his decision of joining resistance politics. [5]Kashmir Reader

  5. In October 2014, he was listed as one The 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan. The report is issued annually in cooperation with Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in the United States. He was also listed among the world’s Top 10 influential Muslim Politicians. [6]The Hindu

  6. He has been on several occasions targeted for his riches and properties he has in India and abroad. He has 2 residential buildings of 5058 sq. m each in Kashmir, 2 story office cum residence,  1011 sq. m of land in Kashmir, 20 shops in the Lal Bazaar, Shopping complex in Rajouri Kadal (Srinagar), 2 three-story buildings and 2 story bank buildings in Kashmir. Apart from that he has multiple properties in Delhi and has invested crores of rupees in Dubai.

References/Sources: [ + ]

1. ↑ The Economic Times 2. ↑ DECCAN HERALD 3. ↑ The Quint 4, 5. ↑ Kashmir Reader 6. ↑ The Hindu

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