Dr Ghulam Qadir Wani, niece martyed in Kashmir

November 4, 1998
Unidentified gunmen martyred prominent Hurriyet leader, Dr Ghulam Qadir Wani and his niece at their Bandipore residence on Wednesday November 4, 1998 evening.

 Dr Wani, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front's former publicity chief, was also the founder chairman of the Islamic Students League and Muslim Mutheda Mahaz.

 Gunmen forced into his house Wednesday evening and opened fire at close range. Dr Wani's niece died on the spot, while the leader succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

 Two others were also injured in the incident.

 The news of Dr Wani's killing spread like wildfire and members of various liberation parties  including Syed Ali Geelani rushed to the Bandipore police station, where the body was kept before being returned to his residence.

 Dr Wani was closely associated with the Jamait-e-Islami and the Muslim United Front.

 The APHC and various organisations, meanwhile, have strongly condemned Dr Wani's killing.

 Dr Wani completed his Phd from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was a leading intellectual of the valley, and widely considered to be an intelligent, broad mined and visionary leader.

He edited the Jamati-e-Islami newspaper Azan for several years.