Srinagar, March 30, 2013 (PPI-OT): Agha Shaukat Ali, a close aide of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, passed away at Vienna, Virginia, in the US.
Agha Shaukat Ali was the elder brother of former academician Agha Ashraf Ali. Born in Srinagar in an aristocratic family, Agha Shaukat Ali was a thinker, a visionary in political thought and had an acute-insight and enthusiasm for global affairs. He attended Aligarh University in 1930s and on his return to the Kashmir Valley joined the Kashmir Civil Services.
During the end of British colonial rule in India, at the request of Quaid-e-Azam, Shaukat resigned from the Tehsildar services in 1946 and joined the Kashmir Muslim Conference as a founding member.
He became the General Secretary of Muslim Conference the same year. He was imprisoned on the orders of the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Chander Kak, for political reasons from 1946-1949.
Agha Shaukat Ali authored the book “The Modernization of Soviet Central Asia”.
He is survived by his three children and his two brothers, Agha Nasir Ali (93), and Agha Ashraf Ali (90), who reside in occupied Kashmir.
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