He was famous among religious circles as great orator of majlise shame - ghareeba the night of 11th muharram.His religious speeches catapult him on global stage and were widely hailed worldwide particularly in the Indian subcontintent. Ansari was also a renowned business manitoba Ansari was thrice the target of unsuccessful assassination attempts.
In June 2000 Ansari barely escaped the explosion of a landmine while addressing a religious congregation at Gund Khwaja Qasim.
The blast killed twelve of his followers.On 1 September 2000 Ansari was injured by an IED explosion that killed two policemen and a driver. Police suspected Hizbul Mujahideen.
Iftikhar Ansari was allegedly involved in fraudulent allotment of contract in multi crore sidhra township scam at new jammu, when he served as then Minister Housing & Urban Development. Ansari was prosecuted for being in the Sidhra Satellite township scam when he was minister.
Ansari died at his residence Dar ul Jawad, Qamarwari, Srinagar on the morning of 30 September 2014 (04 Zilhajah 1435 Animal Husbandry), after a prolonged liver illness.
Ansari was undergoing specialized treatment in the United States. Various political, religious and social leaders offered condolences. He was buried in his ancestral graveyard, Baba Mazar, Alamgari bazar, Zadibal, Sriangar.
He was a sitting member of Jammu and Kashmir"s Legislative Assembly for the Jammu and Kashmir People"s Democratic Party. He was earlier a member of National Conference and Congress.