“Sardar Qayyum Khan was a captivating personality, iconic leader with prudence, shrewdness and judiciousness. 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.
He was a courageous leader who understood the long road ahead of laboring for the minds and hearts of people when he told us in Washington in 1994 that our top priority should be to make sure that the leadership of the State of Jammu & Kashmir is at one page.
He was a man with a vision. When asked by Amr Mousaa, then the foreign minister of Egypt during the Islamic Summit in Tehran in 1997, ‘who will represent Kashmiris if they are giving a seat at the negotiating table’? “The answer is simple. All Parties Hurriyet Conference will be our sole representative in any dialogue between India and Kashmir,” Sardar Qayyum Khan replied.
Sardar Sahib always emphasized that will of the people of Kashmir must prevail whenever the parties – India and Pakistan – reach a final settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
He was a giant among Kashmiri politicians. We will miss him a lot!