ZT News Network
Srinagar, Nov 19:
Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, former Chief Secretary, government of Jammu & Kashmir, has passed away.
Mr. Khanday, a 1978-batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), served as Chief Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir state government for a few years. He opted for voluntary retirement in August 2015 over what were known to be “differences” with the then government. He had replaced Madhav Lal, a J&K-cadre IAS officer of the 1977 batch.
Mr. Khanday has not been in a good health for a while now. He had contracted cancer some in 1990s and underwent critical surgeries in advanced stage-III of lung cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York in 1995-97. Extensive recurrence of the malignant disease in April 1997 had involved his chest wall, ribs and pleura.
It was widely known that Mr. Khanday opted for voluntary retirement when the then government rejected his request for the deferment of August 19, 2015 cabinet meeting as one of his relatives had passed away.
Mr. Khanday is survived by his daughter Sehar Iqbal. His only son Sajid Iqbal had expired in a road accident near Awantipora on Srinagar-Anantnag Road in 2011.