SRINAGAR: The resistance camp has expressed grief over the demise of senior journalist, writer, author and poet Maqbool Sahil who passed away on Tuesday evening.
Sahil was laid to rest at his ancestral village, Adhal Dull Kokernag in south Kashmir on Wednesday morning. Large number of people from various walks of life participated in the funeral prayers.
Born in 1968 at Adhal village, Sahil belonged to a clan of Khokhar Rajputs. His father Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din Khokhar had nicknamed him Sahil, which he later used as his pen name.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani in a statement expressed deep grief over the demise of Maqbool Sahil. He extended condolence to the grieved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed shock and grief over the death of Maqbool Sahil and termed his contribution invaluable.
In a statement, Mirwaiz termed the demise as a big loss for the entire journalist and literature fraternity of Kashmir, saying his death has created a void in field of Urdu journalism.
He said the contribution made by Sahil in the fields of journalism; poetry and literature will always be remembered. Mirwaiz expressed sympathy and solidarity with the family members of the deceased and prayed for the highest standards in Jannah for him.
In a statement, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the demise as heartbreaking, saying, “Maqbool Sahil was a humble and literary soul who faced hardships with humility and served the nation of Kashmir on social, literary and human fronts.”
“Maqbool Sahil contributed to the field of journalism and brought the plight of his people before the rest of the world. He was a poet and writer who promoted his mother tongue and left his mark on it,” Malik said.
Praying for the heavenly abode of the deceased, JKLF chief said his absence will be felt in literary and social circles. He also expressed condolence with the bereaved family and prayed for their Sabr-e-Jameel.
Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement paid glorious tributes to Maqbool Sahil for “his contribution to the Kashmir freedom movement and literary work”.
“He (Sahil) was a well wisher of the movement, for which he has served jail term for several years,” Sehrai said and expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family.
He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
In a statement, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) termed the demise of Maqbool Sahil as a “great intellectual loss”. The party said that Maqbool Sahil had interviewed its incarcerated chief Shabir Shah some time before his arrest.
“Shabir Shah used to talk about Maqbool Sahil’s personal and his professional abilities,” the party said and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and patience to the bereaved family.
National Front while condoling the demise said, “Maqbool Sahil was a good journalist and a great human being who will be remembered for times to come.”
Party spokesperson in a statement prayed for the departed soul and patience to the bereaved family.
Mehbooba hails Sahil’s contribution
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has condoled the demise of journalist, author and writer, Maqbool Sahil who passed away on Tuesday in Srinagar.
In her condolence message, the chief minister said the contribution made by late Maqbool Saahil in strengthening vernacular media in the state and preserving, promoting and protecting Pahari language and literature would long be remembered.
Mehbooba Mufti has expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family of late Maqbool Saahil while praying for peace to the departed soul.
KEG holds condolence meet
Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Wednesday held a condolence meeting wherein rich tributes were paid to renowned writer, photojournalist, poet and author, Maqbool Sahil, who passed away on Tuesday due to a massive heart attack.
While praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul, it was decided that as a token to respect to Late Sahil’s contribution to the field of media, KEG will be paying Rs. 2 lakh to the bereaved family.
‘He never succumbed’
The UJC chief expressed grief over the demise of senior journalist and writer, Maqbool Sahil who passed away due to the massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
In a statement issued to a local news agency KNS, UJC chief Syed Salahuddin said the senior journalist, poet and author “faced state terrorism but never succumbed”.
He chief prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
DGP expresses grief
Jammu Kashmir Police Chief has condoled the demise of noted journalist and writer Maqbool Sahil.
A tweet by Jammu Kashmir Police stated, “DGP @spvaid has condoled the sudden and sad demise of Sh Mohammed Maqbool Sahil a well known journalist and writer of Kashmir.DGP has extended his heartfelt condolences to bereaved family and to @bukharishujaat with whose group of publication Sh Sahil was working.”