QURESHI, SHRI MOHAMED SHAFI, M.A., LL.B., Congress, (Jammu and Kashmir—Anantnag—1977): s. of late Shri Haji Mohammed Amin Qureshi; b. at Srinagar; November 24, 1929; ed. at C.M.S. Hadow Memorial High School, Srinagar, Amar Singh College, Srinagar and Aligarh Muslim University; m. Smt, Begum Ghulam Fatima, September, 1950; 2 s. and 3 d.; Lawyer; Member, All-India Congress Committee, New Delhi; Member, Ad-hoc Committee of J & K Pradesh Congress Committee; President, Youth Integration Congress, New Delhi; Member, J & K Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti, Srinagar; Member, Executive Committee of Ghalib Institute, New Delhi; Patron, Hindustani Adabi Society, New Delhi; President, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association, New Delhi; Member, Advisory Committee of Prof. Ehtesham Husain Memorial Society, Delhi; President, Noor-ud-din Memorial Committee, Delhi; Patron, Delhi Youth Council for World Affairs, New Delhi; Patron, Delhi Young Entrepreneurs Association, Delhi; Patron, All-India Hill People's Welfare Association, New Delhi; Vice-President, Indo-Arab Students Welfare League, Bombay; Chairman, Indian Cultural Institute, New Delhi; Patron, Indo-Afghan Cultural Society, Chandigarh; Member of Board of Trustees of Kamala Nehru Memorial Manila Mahavidyala, Srinagar; President, Bharat Scouts & Guides (Delhi State); President, All-India Peace & Solidarity Organisation (J&K); Member, Rajya Sabha, 1965—67; Member, (i) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—70, and (ii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971—77; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Commerce, January 1966 to February 1969; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Steel and Heavy Engineering, February 1969— May 1971; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Railways, May 1971 to October 1974; Union Minister of State for Railways October 1974 to March 1977; Deputy Leader of Indian Delegation to ECAFE and UNCTAD in New Delhi; Represented India in Afro-Asian Islamic Conference in Bandung in 1964; Visited Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Mauritius as a Member of Parliamentary Delegation in 1965; Participated as Leader of the Indian Delegation in the 10th Annual Session of Congress of the International Silk Association at Nice in May, 1966; Visited Bulgaria and Rumania on the eve of Ploviv International Fair and to negotiate and sign trade agreements in September & October, 1966; Visited Bangkok on the occasion of India's participation in the International Trade Fair in November and December, 1966; Visited Japan as a Leader of Indian Delegation to the 23rd Session of Economic Commissioner for Asia and Far East (ECAFE) in April, 1967; Visited Australia as a Leader of Indian Delegation to ECAFE in April, 1968; Visited Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary and Poland as a Leader of Trade Delegation in October, 1968; Visited Saudi Arabia as a Leader of the Indian Haj Delegation; Visited Bangladesh as a Leader of the Indian Delegation at the re-opening of the Megna Bridge built with Indian assistance in September, 1973; Visited Tripoli (Libya) as a Leader of Indian Railways Delegation in July, 1974; Visited Algeria as a Leader of the Indian Delegation to participate in the National Celebrations of Algeria in October, 1974; Visited Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and United Arab Emirates as a Special Envoy in July, 1975; Visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai as Minister-in-Waiting to the President of India in October, 1976; Presently Member, Estimates Committee.
Social activities: Closely associated with Kashmiri Labourers' Welfare Association.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Reading and Golf.
Special interests: Ancient Indian History.
Sports and clubs: Member, (i) Kashmir Golf Club, Srinagar, (ii) Amar Singh Club, Srinagar, (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club, New Delhi, (iv) Delhi Golf Club, (v) Delhi Fencing Association, New Delhi, and (vi) Committee on Sports (Lok Sabha); Patron, Delhi State Body Building, New Delhi; Patron, National Forum of Sportsmen (AICC) New Delhi; Patron, National Tairak (Swimming) Sangh, New Delhi; President, Guru Nanak Hockey Tournament Committee, New Delhi; President, Badminton Association of India, Jabalpur; President, Shahdara Hockey Club; Chairman, Kho-Kho Federation of India, Hyderabad.
Travels abroad: Indonesia, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Rumania, Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, U. A. E., Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Permanent address: 'Paro Villa" Sonwar Bagh, Srinagar.