SRINAGAR: ‘Belaag Sahafat’, a Kashmir-based Urdu magazine, celebrated its first anniversary on Sunday here.
A special issue of the magazine was released on this occasion, which saw presence of politicians, pro-freedom leaders, and journalists.
Senior Indian journalist Kulpdeep Nayar was the chief guest on the occasion. Justice (retd.) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani was the guest of honour.
In his speech, Nayar termed the BJP people as “fascists”, saying, “The Indian constitution has granted equal rights to the people, but I fear for the people’s rights under the present government”.
“During partition, Pakistan did a mistake in haste by waging a war on Kashmir. If they won’t have done it, today Kashmir would have been a part of Pakistan,” he added.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), praised Urdu journalism in Kashmir.
“Urdu language has its own beauty. It shall be promoted at all levels,” he said.
On the occasion, four senior journalists including editor Wadie ki Awaaz G M Shaida, senior journalist Yousuf Jameel, BBC correspondent Riyaz Masroor, and editor Chattan Tahir Mohidin, were felicitated with ‘Belaag award’.