SRINAGAR: Senior Urdu Journalist Qasim Sajad passed away on Monday in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. He was 75.
He was the editor of Shahab newspaper and has authored several books. His son Majid Jahangir is also a journalist and is working with BBC Hindi.
Sources said he was laid to rest at the family’s ancestral graveyard at Sarnal area.
Various political parties, associations, and leaders have expressed condolences on the passing away of a veteran journalist.
Kashmir Press Club expressed condolences with a senior journalist (BBC Hindi) Majid Jahangir on the demise of his father.
“We pray for strength to him and his family to bear the loss,” said KPC in a statement.
In a statement, CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami has also expressed grief and shock over the demise.
“I remained associated with him during my early college days when he was running a book shop. He was a veteran journalist, social worker, and household name in the Anantnag area. Visited him recently, though being bedridden, we talked to each other. It is sad that we have lost a dear friend and a good human being,” said Tarigami.
“We pay our homage to this precious soul and share grief with his dear ones,” he said.
Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari also expressed deep shock over the demise of veteran Urdu journalist Qasim Sajad.
In his condolence message, Bukhari described Sajad as a stalwart Urdu journalist who popularised its use in newspapers through his articles and stories as he was a nimble writer and critique.
“His immense contributions in promoting Urdu language through journalism will be always remembered. His demise has left a void hard to be filled,” he said.
Apni Party President prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and endurance to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Apni Party leadership has expressed profound solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.