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Late Khawaja, Sofi were legends of field of journalism: Geelani

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Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid tributes to deceased journalists including Late Khawaja Sona ullah Bhat and Late Sofi Ghulam Mohammad on their death anniversaries.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said that both the deceased journalists were legends of not only the field of journalism, but were equally active and inspirational in social and political spectrum.
Recalling his journalistic services, Geelani said that Khawaja Sanaullah was the founder of this profession and was respected and honoured as the legend par excellence.
“I used to visit his ‘Den’ in Soura, where he lived a lonely life. He was not only a fatherly figure in journalism, but was politically also active and used to highlight and guide the present movement through its scholarly column ‘Khazir’,” Geelani said.
Hailing his services towards society, he said that his style and political approach was unique and distinct and he was very sympathetic and friendly towards oppressed people in state.
“Late Khawaja had a commanding knowledge of his profession and highlighted the plight of suppressed and subjugated nation in a unique and apt style and when nation revolted against the state of oppression, couldn’t match the standards and aspirations, visualized by late Khawaja,” he said.
Haling services rendered by Late Sufi, Geelani said that “he was very affectionate and a visionary personality and will be remembered for pleading highlighting the case of suppressed nation. He played an impressive role in conveying the pain and agony of the sufferings of oppressed people of the state.”
Meanwhile, Geelani condoled the demise of Ghulam Hassan Wani @ Lala R/o Pattan presently residing in Rawalpora.
Addressing the mourners on phone, Geelani said that Late Wani was a dedicated and committed worker of the freedom struggle and sacrificed his son in this movement.
He prayed for eternal peace of departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

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