Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday paid tributes to late Khawaja Sonaullah Bhat and late Sofi Ghulam Mohammad on their death anniversaries.
“They were legends of not only the field of journalism, but were equally active and inspirational in social and political spectrum,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani while recalling his journalistic services said that Khawaja Sanaullah was the founder of this profession and was respected and honoured as the legend par excellence.
“I used to visit his “Den” in Soura, where he lived a lonely life. He was not only a fatherly figure in journalism, but was politically also active and used to highlight and guide the present movement through its scholarly column “Khazir”,” Geelani said.
While haling services rendered by late Sofi Ghulam Mohammad, Geelani said that Sufi was very affectionate and a visionary personality and will be remembered for highlighting the case of suppressed nation. “Sufi played an impressive role in conveying the pain and agony of the sufferings of oppressed people of the state,” he said.
“Father of journalism in Kashmir Khawaja Sanaullah Bhat Aftab and legendry Sofi Ghulam Muhammad of Srinagar times were unblemished luminaries of our journalistic history. They were personalities whose social and literary works will always be written in Golden words,” Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement, while paying tributes to Khawaja Sonaullah and Sufi Gulam Mohammad on their death anniversaries.
Malik said that the two personalities from journalist fraternity represent a glorious page of history and their truthfulness, fearless journalism and social works should always be remembered and cherished by the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
While recalling his close association with Khawaja Sanaullah of Daily Aftab, Malik said: “For me, Khawaja was like an elder whose company comforted me and infused new valor and passion in me at the time of need.”