SRINAGAR: The man who brought the Internet to Kashmir and made it a big business, the founder of Internet service provider, CNS Infotel, Javid Mir is no more. He lost his battle against Covid19 at JLNM Hospital Srinagar later this afternoon.
Javid and his little brother Reyaz were known to everybody in the media fraternity because their internet was the sole umbilical cord connecting the media with CNS. They would fight, shout at each other but would always end up at the same table over tea, gossip and rest.
Though Javid was the backroom boy unlike Reyaz, he would entertain people for hours in his little office. He would always smile, smoke and sit back without taking the blockage costs too seriously.
CNS has been the first internet-based company in Kashmir. It started with Kashmir’s first internet café at the peak of militancy. Running a café at that point in time was risky and challenging.
Later, it closed the café and jumped into ISP. Off late, many others joined the ISP bandwagon, CNS continued having a dedicated clientele.
Javed, the company sources said, contracted infection last week. He has been in the hospital for a few days only. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Sources said the family of three Mir brothers – locally known as Nigen Mirs – had turned positive. Javid was declared dead at around 3 pm and was laid to rest before the evening prayers. They have decided t concluding mourning by Friday, the fourth day.