SRINAGAR: Senior journalist, prolific Urdu and Pahari writer and broadcaster Maqbool Sahil passed away due to a massive heart attack on Tuesday evening. His death has shocked his colleagues and community of writers and intellectuals across the state.
Hailing from a remote village in Kokernag area of south Kashmir, Muhammad Maqbool Khokhar alias Maqbool Sahil created a niche for himself in Kashmir journalism due to his sheer perseverance despite all odds. He was currently associated with Rising Kashmir newspaper as senior sub-editor.
His colleagues said that Sahil was walking in Lal Bazar area in the outskirts of Srinagar when he suddenly fell down. He died before being taken to any health facility. A day before his death, he had posted his picture on Facebook with an Urdu couplet ‘Zindagani! Khush numa too aur bhi ho sakti thi… Sharat lekin sakht thi, uss ko bhi rakhna tha qareeb.” A few days back, he had posted some of his latest Kashmiri poems in his own handwriting to showcase his command over Kashmiri language.
Sahil was known for his flamboyant and happy-go-lucky lifestyle. He was mostly seen riding his motorbike with dark goggles on.
Sahil had a long association with Urdu weekly Chattan where he contributed analytical articles and interviews. He was one of the few reporters who extensively covered 1994 hostage crisis of foreign tourists by Al Faran outfit.
A twist came in his professional career in 2005 when he was arrested for his alleged involvement in an espionage case. He was detained for two years before court quashed his detention orders. He later penned down his ordeal in an Urdu book Shabistan-e-Wajood, which was well received by readers. The book offered him opportunity to attend several literary festivals across India.
Sahil has also performed in TV serials in Gojri and Pahari languages. He hosted talk shows and mushairas on Kashmir channel.
KEG expresses grief
Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) expressed grief over the demise of senior journalist Maqbool Sahil, who passed away on Tuesday evening here in Srinagar.
The editor’s body prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
“It is a great loss for the media fraternity as Sahil was a versatile writer and a columnist. We stand with Sahil’s family at this hour of grief and pray for their forbearance to overcome this loss,” KEG said in a statement issued here.
Meanwhile, Director Information & Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam has expressed grief and anguish over the demise of veteran journalist author and poet Maqbool Sahil.
The Director Information while praying for eternal peace to the departed soul has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Kashmir Reader condoles demise
Kashmir Reader has expressed grief over the demise of senior journalist Maqbool Sahil and extended condolence and sympathy to the bereaved family.
The newspaper has prayed for peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the family to bear the irreparable loss.