Shri Saleem Haji was born in the village of Breswana, J&K, in 1948. He attended the local village school and completed his graduation from M.A.M. College, Jammu where he studied Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Political Science. Saleem was an active member of the N.C.C. during college and captained his college cricket team for three years. After completing his graduation, he returned to his village to start a timber business. In 1980, Mr. Saleem Haji got married, moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he worked for 22 years in the shipping industry. In 2002, he returned to J&K with his family to the ancestral village and became involved in social service. Saleem Haji played a
pivotal role in the setting up of The Haji Amina Trust; and remains an active member. The Haji Amina Trust has set up three private schools in the villages of Breswana, Parsholla, and Shaadivan, providing free education, books, and toys to the local children. The Trust also provides medical aid to the people in the region, as well as, aid to the local widows and orphans. Mr. Saleem Haji stood for the first Panchayat elections of the region in 2011, and is currently the Sarpanch of the Parsholla Panchayat.
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