Former IFS officer, politician Syed Shahabuddin passes away

By TCN News

Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin passed away at the age of 82 on Saturday morning at a hospital in Noida after a prolonged illness. His funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon in Delhi.

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During his time, Shahabuddin had strongly opposed the demolition of the Babri Masjid and was the leader of the Babri Action Committee.

Reacting to his death, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said: “Syed Shahabuddin saheb passing away is great loss to nation & Muslim min in particular it will many years to see a politician /intellectual.”

Shahabuddin was born in 1935 in Ranchi, Jharkhand and began working as a diplomat for the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), but later became a politician. In 1983, he launched Muslim India, a monthly journal, which was revived again in 2006. He was closely associated with the movements that arose for dealing with the Shah Bano triple talaq issue and the Babri Masjid. Shahabuddin served as a diplomat, an ambassador and also a politician. He was the Joint Secretary in charge of South-East Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific in the Ministry of External Affairs.