SRINAGAR: Sheikh Tajamul Islam, the top leader of erstwhile Jamiat-e-Talaba Kashmir has passed away. He was 67. He had migrated to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) during militancy and lived there.
Tajamul was a fiery orator who had organized the students of Kashmir under the Jamiat platform during the early eighties. He was its top leader between 1979 and 1984. Though the student’s organization was initially supported by the now-banned Jamaat-e-Islami, it snapped all ties with the parent group over sharp differences in politics. It was quickly banned by the Jammu and Kashmir government after Sheikh said his party wants to emulate the Iranian revolution. Though Jamaat created a new group to organize its students, Jamiat gradually got into decline and eventually faded away with the rise of militancy.
Tajamul, a resident of Srinagar, was living in Pakistan and was a senior executive of Kashmir Media Service. He passed away in a hospital in Islamabad.
Pakistan media outlet, Urdu Point reported that Sheikh was admitted to a hospital in Islamabad for around a month. He is survived by his widow and daughter. Sheikh had done his LLB and masters in Urdu from the University of Kashmir.
“After migration to Pakistan, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam worked with news Section of PTV from 1998 to 1999. He headed the Institute of Kashmir Affairs from 1992 to 2000. Later, he joined Kashmir Media Service as Executive Director in 1999 and remained associated with it till his last breath. He was also Chief Editor of Kashmir Insight magazine,” the Urdu Point added.