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The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of Janab Panakkad Shihab Thangal, the prominent IUML leader from Kerala. In his message the PM said-
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Panakkad Sayyid Muhammad Ali Shihab Thangal. He was one of Kerala's most prominent leaders and led the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) for many decades with great distinction. He was a nationalist who cherished secular values; and a social worker and a powerful orator. Janab Thangal was a religious scholar with strong academic credentials and will be remembered as a leader who championed the propagation and importance of education. He had the strong following of his community but framed his politics in terms of larger national issues and aspirations.
I convey my sincere condolences to his family, his friends and his admirers at this irreparable loss."