Srinagar: Sheikh Tajamul Islam, one of the founders of first organised student bodies in Kashmir and an Islamist ideologue passed away on Sunday in Pakistan. He was 67.
Originally a resident of Shaheed Gunj in Srinagar, he had migrated to Pakistan in late ’80s.
Known for his fiery speeches, he had organised the students of Kashmir under the banner of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba platform during the early 1980s.
The student’s organization was initially affiliated with Jama’at-e-Islami Kashmir. However Jamiat-e-Talaba snapped all ties with Jama’at following differences over Jama’at’s political approach.
Jamiat-e-Talaba, inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran, wanted Jama’at to follow a revolutionary approach on Kashmir than finding a solution in electoral politics.
The student body was banned by the Jammu and Kashmir government then led by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. The state repression forced Jamiat cadres to go underground and eventually it faded away with the rise of militancy.
Tajamul, an alumni of Kashmir University with an LLB and MA degrees briefly served as chief editor, daily Azan, an official organ of Jama’at-e-Islami.
He came under police radar after Jamiat-e-Talaba announced a mega International Youth Conference in Srinagar in mid eighties. The conference was however banned by Sheikh Abdullah’s administration
Tajamul migrated to Pakistan soon afterwards and worked for Kashmir cause till his last days. He traveled extensively for the purpose and headed Kashmir Media Service, an online news agency promoting the Pakistani perspective on the Kashmir dispute. He is survived by his widow and daughter.
On Sept 4, J&K Police in an official release, had cautioned several social media platforms, including Tajamul Islam headed Kashmir Media Service against spreading what it termed as ‘fake news’.
“Several social media platforms, inclusing Kashmir Media Service, which are running from Pakistan have been trying to spread fake news and videos to instigate miscreants to disturb situations,” read a police statement released in Srinagar following the death of veteran Kashmiri politician Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
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