Mohammad Shafi Abbasi Qureshi
11th Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
24 June 1993 – 21 April 1998
Chief MinisterDigvijaya Singh
Preceded byM. A. Khan
Succeeded byBhai Mahavir
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
3 May 1996 – 19 July 1996
Chief MinisterVacant
Preceded byMotilal Vora
Succeeded byRomesh Bhandari
16th Governor of Bihar
In office
19 March 1991 – 13 August 1993
Chief MinisterLalu Prasad Yadav
Preceded byB. Satya Narayan Reddy (Acting)
Succeeded byAkhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
5th Minister of Tourism
In office
30 July 1979 – 14 January 1980
Prime MinisterCharan Singh
Preceded byPurushottam Kaushik
Succeeded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Deputy Minister of Railways
In office
10 October 1974 – March 1977
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Deputy Minister of Steel & Heavy Industries
In office
15 May 1969 – 2 May 1971
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Deputy Minister of Commerce
In office
28 January 1966 – 14 February 1969
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Personal details
Born(1928-11-24)24 November 1928
Jammu and Kashmir, British India
Died28 August 2016(2016-08-28) (aged 87)
New Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress

Mohammad Shafi Abbasi Qureshi (24 November 1928 – 28 August 2016) was an Indian politician and statesman from Kashmir and the founder of the Congress Party in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.[1]


He was born on 24 November 1928 in Kashmir to contractor Haji Mohammad Amin Abbasi who was the first transporter of Union Council Birote, near Kohala Bridge District Abbottabad, Pakistan before 1947. He studied in Tyndale Biscoe School.[2][3] He has served in various capacities in his long and very active political career. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir in 1965 and later elected to Lok Sabha from Anantnag in 1971 and 1977 elections.[4] He was the Union Deputy Minister of Commerce from 28 January 1966 to 14 February 1969, Union Deputy Minister for Steel & Heavy Engineering from 15 February 1969 to 2 May 1971, Union Deputy Minister for Railways from 10 October 1974 to March 1977, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation (31 July 1979).[4] He held the post of Governor of Bihar on 19 March 1991 to 13 August 1993 and was sworn in as Governor of Madhya Pradesh on 24 June '93,[4] sworn in as Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 3 May 1996 to 19 July 1996.[4]

He was the secretary of the Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University in the year 1953.[4]

He was the Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities from 3 September 2007 with the rank of Cabinet Minister until Wajahat Habibullah took over.[citation needed]

He died on 28 August 2016 in Delhi's Batra hospital. Jammu and Kashmir's chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor N. N. Vohra condoled his death.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Former Union Minister Shafi Qureshi passes away". State Times. Jammu. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
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  3. ^ "About Shri Mohammad Shafi Qureshi". Archived from the original on 12 July 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "About Shri Mohammad Shafi Quresi". Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Archived from the original on 12 July 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2011.