Demise of Wadi Ki Awaz Editor Widely Condoled

Srinagar: Prominent Kashmir editor and owner of Urdu daily ‘Wadi ki Awaz’, Ghulam Nabi Shaida passed away at his Srinagar residence on Monday night.

Shaida, who was not keeping well lately, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Goripora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, as ‘per his will’.

His death has been widely condoled by media, social and political organizations.

“A sad news. Our senior colleague Ghulam Nabi Shaida Sahab (editor and owner of Urdu daily ‘Wadi ki Awaaz’) breathed his last at his Srinagar residence overnight. He would be, as per his will, laid to rest in the ancestral graveyard in Goripora village of Pulwama district in about a couple of hours. Rest in eternal peace Shaida Sahab, you were a great man, an upright professional. We spoke over the phone only a few days ago and found him, as always, in high spirits despite health issues,” posted veteran journalist Yusuf Jameel on his Facebook handle.

Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) expressed grief over the demise and remembered Ghulam Nabi Shaida as a “fearless and an upright Journalist who would always be unbiased in his work as a journalist.”

“Shaida sahib faced multiple challenges during his career as a journalist and he was even jailed for his work during the early eighties.”

It was due to his tireless efforts that Shaida Sahab managed to carve out a niche for himself and his publication ‘Wadi Ki Awaaz’, the KEG said.

“The death of the veteran editor is a huge loss for the institution of Journalism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ghulam Nabi Shaida will always be remembered for upholding the values and ethics of Journalism amid the challenging situation,” it said, adding, “KEG stands with the family of the deceased editor in this hour of grief.”

Director Information and Public Relations, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar along with officers and employees of Department of Information and Public Relations condoled the demise of the renowned journalist.

In this connection, a condolence meet was chaired by Dr Sehrish at Media Complex in Jammu in which all the employees of DIPR participated. The participants expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of GN Shaida.

Dr Sehrish observed that Shaida Sahab was an able journalist and upright professional who devoted his entire life for public good.

Dr Sehrish and other participants offered their deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President, Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah expressed profound grief over the demise of noted journalist.

In their condolence message they expressed unison with the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal repose to the departed soul in the highest echelons of Jannah. The duo said the deceased has left deep imprints on account of his writings in the field of Urdu Journalism in Kashmir.

Terming Shaida Shahib’s death a great loss to the media fraternity in Kashmir, they recalled his affinity for socio- Cultural activities, saying that well-rounded personality of the deceased would remember for his immense contribution in the field of journalism, culture, and literature. In his demise, the valley has lost a bold and courageous voice, the duo said.

CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami termed the demise as a great loss.

Late Shaida was a veteran journalist. The contribution made by him in the field of journalism will always be remembered. In his death, we have lost a great asset and the vacuum left by his passing away in the media fraternity would be difficult to fill.

Tarigami expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and media fraternity.

Apni Party Media Advisor Farooq Andrabi said: “Ghulam Nabi Shaida was one of the sincere journalists that the valley has seen lately. The services he rendered in the field of journalism are exceptional and highly commendable. He was a man of principles and kindness. His untimely demise has created a deep hollow in the community of journalists that is hard to fill.” (Agencies)

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