Another great struggler of the Kashmiri cause, Shaikh Tajammul ul-Islam passed away on Sunday September 5 night after a brief illness.
He was being treated at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad where he breathed his last and joined heavenly company.
Inna lil lah-e wa inna ilayh-e raji‘oon.
He was laid to rest on September 6 at the Police Foundation graveyard in Islamabad.
A large number of political figures, Kashmiri activists, lawyers and journalists attended his funeral that was led by Hurriyat leader of AJK, Ghulam Muhammad Safi.
Shaikh Tajammul was Executive Director of the Kashmir Media Service.
Under his leadership, it became the most authentic and respected source of news about Indian occupied Kashmir.
Soft-spoken and a brilliant organizer, Shaikh Sahib, as he was known to friends and colleagues, was extremely well-informed about the affairs of Indian occupied Kashmir.
Despite his enormous responsibilities as Executive Director of the Kashmir Media Service, he regularly organized seminars on Kashmir.
I had the honour and privilege of knowing him for many decades and learned a great deal from his vast storehouse of knowledge about events in Indian occupied Kashmir.
He was always accessible and also a great host.
Whenever I visited Islamabad, he received me with grace and open arms.
He spared no effort to accommodate my requests to arrange meetings with various Kashmiri leaders as well as journalists and academics.
He leaves behind a widow, a daughter and a grandson.
To them all, we extend our heartfelt condolences.
His intellectual rigour, commitment and graciousness will be greatly missed.
The Kashmiri community in Pakistan, especially in Islamabad, has lost a great stalwart of the freedom struggle.
May he rest in eternal peace and may Allah grant his Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen.