Shock death of Pendle GP on India trip

The late Dr G. N. Bhat. (S)
The late Dr G. N. Bhat. (S)

A doctor who served people in Colne and Nelson has died after travelling to attend a wedding in India.

Dr Ghulam Bhat (72) was born in Kashmir but in 1967 came to live in Pendle.

He became a GP in Colne, but more recently has been at the Yarnspinners Health Centre, Nelson, working with Pendle Valley Practice, before his retirement. He served the community for 30 years.

He and his wife, Mrs Farukh Bhat, had lived in Nelson but had moved to Barrowford.

His son Suhail, who works in the Middle East, said: “He has always helped everybody. He went out to my cousin’s wedding in India in October. He was taken ill and then had a heart attack and died. He was buried out there.”

He added: “He had been a busy doctor, serving the community here for a long time. He also did a lot of charity work locally.

“He was a founder and president of the Disabled Asian Women’s Network – a charity established in 1999 to serve the needs of disabled women and children.”

Dr Bhat regularly attended the Medina Mosque in Forest Street, Nelson.

As well as Suhail, Dr Bhat had three daughters – Rahila, Naila and Farhat.

Suhail said: “It was a sad shock when he died – we didn’t expect it to happen at all. Lots of other people have been shocked, too.” .

Mr Saghir Ahmed, who chairs Burnley and Pendle Friends League, said: “I remember we had a Kashmir conference and Dr Bhat was with us at the conference – one of the few there from the Indian side of Kashmir. He was well integrated with the Pakistani community.

“He did a great deal of work in the community along with his general practitioner role.”

Mr Abdullah Khan, chairman of the Kashmir Welfare Association in Pendle, added: “He did a lot of work for Kashmir. He suffered a lot – for instance, his brother was beaten in India. Dr Bhat wanted to make Kashmir better.”