A prolific author, conscientious journalist. messenger of peace and a progressive voice of Kashmir Mohmmed Sahil Maqbool is no more. He breathed his last on 21st March after suffering a cardiac arrest in Kashmir. Recipient of the prestigious Voice of Kashmir Staffer Award on the Kashmir Foundation Day, Mohammed Sahil Maqbool has authored several books and was editor of the newspaper Parcham Kashmir the sister publication of Rising Kashmir.
He was also the active member of GFI and member of the National Steering Committee of Green Alliance under the chairmanship of the international civil rights activist Irom Sharmila who underwent several years of fast, fed on liquid, demanding complete ban of APSPA in the North Eastern Region of the country.
The journalistic fraternity of Kashmir and the country, particularly who knew Maqbool from close quarters, are deeply shocked to learn about his sad demise.
The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum’s president Sunil Negi and GFI’s Anita Nautiyal has expressed her heartfelt tributes on the sad demise of the conscientious journalist and the sane voice of Kashmir Mohammed Sahil Maqbool and deeply condoled his untimely death.
I have had the priviledge of hearing and meeting him few months ago in one of the meetings of the GFI and National Green Alliance at Lodhi Estate in New Delhi and was highly impressed and influenced by his matured views on environment and his initiative to nurture green politics in India.
After the sad demise of a sane activist and a journalistic of repute Maqbool Bhatt, while Kashmir and the nation has lost a conscientious scribe and a fighter for peoples’ cause, the journalistic fraternity has lost a trusted friend, a sane voice and a genuine colleague who stood with everybody in their thick and thin.
According to Vinod Nautiyal of GFI, the Green Forum of India is organising a condolense meeting at the premises of Press Club of India, on Saturday, the 24th of March 2018 at 5.00 PM to condole the untimely death of Mohd Sahil Maqbool, who was a conscientious journalist , a beloved friend and a sane voice of Kashmir.