Rich tribute was paid to eminent Kashmiri nationalist leader, President of the left-wing Jammu and Kashmir National Alliance and Chairman of All Parties National Alliance (APNA) Sardar Arif Shahid at a condolence reference held here to mourn his tragic demise and pray for the rest of the departed soul.

Shahid, who was the staunch supporter of complete independence of the internationally-acknowledged Jammu and Kashmir, was gunned down by unknown assailants in front of his house on Adiala Road in Rawalpindi on Monday last.  The cause of assassination of the seasoned Kashmiri political activist could not be ascertained yet.

Shoukat Maqbool Butt, son of founding leader of Kashmir freedom struggle Shaheed Maqbool Butt front-line of Jammu & Kashmir National Alliance chaired the condolence reference, which was hosted by Jammu & Kashmir National Liberation Conference Mirpur Chapter.

A large number of the freedom-loving Kashmiri nationalist parties, lawyers, journalists, members of the business community besides the representatives of various other segments of the civil society attended it.