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Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam – champion of the Kashmir cause | By Muhammad Raza Malik


Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam – champion of the cause of Kashmir

September 05, 2022 marks the 1st anniversary of the death of a true champion of the cause of Kashmir, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam.

The mastermind of the ongoing freedom movement in Kashmir, the renowned journalist, intellectual, lawyer and executive director of Kashmir Media Service, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam left for the heavenly abode on September 05 last year, after have been diagnosed with Corona virus infection for more than one month. .

Born in Srinagar in 1954, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam received his LLB and MA in Urdu from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar (summer capital of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir), in 1975 and 1980, respectively.

A revolutionary student leader during his years at the University, he remained the Nazim-i-Aala (Chairman) of Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba at IIOJK from 1979 to 1984.

During his career as a journalist in the occupied territory, he worked as the editor of the Daily Azaan and editor of several newspapers, weekly and fortnightly magazines from 1973 to 1980 and contributed a lot to the Kashmir movement.

He also practiced law in Srinagar from 1975 to 1984. He was a true advocate of the right of Kashmiris to self-determination during his decades-long career.

A born freedom fighter, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam actively and practically opposed India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

He had to face Indian anger and was even arrested several times from 1974 to 1984 for challenging the illegal Indian hold over Jammu and Kashmir.

Ultimately, he had to migrate to Pakistan due to victimization by Indian forces for his pro-freedom and anti-Indian stance and activities.

Following the unfortunate incident of the fall of Dhaka in 1971, India launched malicious propaganda against Pakistan claiming that the country was no longer capable of sustaining the freedom struggle of Kashmiris.

This incident had sent shock waves among Kashmiri Muslims and they felt despair and later the sigh of Indira-Abdullah agreement in 1975 further added to this despair.

At this critical time, the Kashmiri people needed a visionary person who could guide them out of this situation and Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam did it perfectly.

He played an important role in boosting their morale. He planned an international conference on Kashmir in 1982.

Although India refused the conference, the preparations for the event are mobilizing the Kashmiri people, especially the youth, and rejuvenating them to continue their struggle for the right to self-determination at all costs.

Taking Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam as a great challenge to his illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi escalated its tactics to victimize him, which made it difficult for him to continue his stay in the IIOJK which led to his migration to Pakistan via Nepal.

In Pakistan, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam headed the Kashmir Affairs Institute from 1992 to 2000.

He worked with the news section of Pakistan Television (PTV) from 1998 to 1999 and joined Kashmir Media Service as Executive Director in 1999 and remained associated there until his last breath.

He was also the editor of Kashmir Insight magazine. He has written articles and analyzes in English and Urdu on Kashmir.

The veteran journalist has attended several conferences and seminars on Kashmir in Pakistan and abroad, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Singapore, Maldives, Iran, Saudi Arabia, UK, Canada and many European countries.

In his speeches, he highlighted various aspects of the Kashmir dispute and Indian atrocities on the IIOJK people.

It is through his efforts and leadership that Kashmir Media Service has become a strong and authentic voice for oppressed Kashmiris.

Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam never compromised on the basic tenets of the Kashmir conflict.

He has always advocated a solution to the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris and the relevant United Nations resolutions.

He was highly respected in journalistic circles for his integrity and intellectual acumen. His services to the cause of Kashmir will forever be etched in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

The writer is an editor at Kashmir Media Service