Written by: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai
Sheikh Tajammul Islam passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021, in Islamabad. With the passing of Sheikh, who was the champion of freedom of expression, we lost one of the most prominent journalists of Kashmir.
Sheikh was an institution by himself. He was an intellectual, renowned scholar, academics, chief editor, Daily Azan, revolutionary student leader during his days at Kashmir University, Srinagar, President of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, Jammu & Kashmir, organizer of an International Youth Conference which was ultimately banned by Sheikh Abdullah’s administration, Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service but above all, he was a family friend and my guide in so many ways.
Sheikh never compromised on the basic principles of the Kashmir dispute. His formula was simple: The aspirations of the Kashmiri people must be ascertained under the umbrella of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He lectured about Kashmir not only in Asia but also in Europe and North America. He was consistently thinking about galvanizing the cause of Kashmir, particularly among the youth of Kashmir. He was undoubtedly one of the most recognizable experts on the subject of Kashmir.
The people of the Kashmir lost an iconic leader in the field of journalism. May Allah place the soul of Sheikh Tajammul Islam in Jannatul Firdous and give Patience to the family! Ameen.