Islamabad, September 06: The great champion of Kashmir cause, veteran journalist, intellectual and Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, passed away in Islamabad on Sunday night. He was 67.
Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam is survived by his widow and a daughter. He belonged to Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. During his student life, he led Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba in occupied Jammu and Kashmir from 1979 to 1984. As a journalist, he worked as Chief Editor Daily Azaan and Editor of several newspapers, weekly and fortnightly magazines in IIOJK. In an attempt to dilute the impact of 1975 Indira-Abdullah accord; he planned an international conference on Kashmir. Although, India had banned the event, yet the preparations for the conference reignited the spirit of freedom among the Kashmiri masses, particularly the youth. He was arrested several times by the Indian authorities for his views on Kashmir. He was forced to migrate to Pakistan in early 1990s where he worked with News Section of PTV. Later, he joined Kashmir Media Service as Executive Director in 1999 and remained associated with the organization till his death on Sunday night. Shaikh Tajammul participated in various conferences and seminars on Kashmir at local and international platforms and advocated a just and durable solution to the Kashmir dispute.
People from all walks of life including politicians, journalists, lawyers and members from Kashmiri community attended the funeral of Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam. Hurriyat AJK leader, Ghulam Muhammad Safi led the funeral. He was laid to rest in a local graveyard in Police Foundation, Islamabad.