Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Srinagar Mar 26 (Only Kashmir): Noted Poet & Journalist of Valley, Tahir Muzter passed away for heavenly abode on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 5.30pm due to heart attack.  Tahir Muzter was born in 1935 and is survived his wife, son and two daughters.
Tahir Muzter is well-known journalist of Jammu-Kashmir, who also penned poetry. He edited “Aahang”, Salsabeel and Political Times apart from daily Chinar and Nawa-e-Subh. Due to his political acument he had been political secsretary to the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The first collection of Tahir Muztar’s poems “Neelam Ghar” was released in Jammu in 2000 under the aegis of Jammu-Kashmir Urdu Forum and Rasa Javidani Memorial Literary Society. Airing his views on “Neelam Ghar”, Prof Jagannath Azad writes, “Tahir Muztar has invented a new   form of poetry by amalgamating Azad Nazm, Nasri Nazm, Nazm-e-Muarra and metred poetry (Paaband shairi).” Tahir Muzter’s poetic journey is still on. He had done a lot of work for television as well. During his last stage of life Tahir Muzter contributed many columns to this Website “Only Kashmir.”
Tahir Muzter’s shocking death was widely mourned, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condoled the sad demise of Tahir Muztar, a literary personality, describing it a great loss to the society. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.
In his condolence message Chief Editor Only Kashmir Bilal Bashir Bhat, said that Tahir Muzter was a darling man, he spend his life out of ego and was an inspiration for me.  He has been the first Editor of the Daily Chinar & Nawa-e-Subah.
He was also engaged as Political Secretary to Farooq Abdullah the then Chief Minister of J&K for two tenures till 1990.
Tahir Muzter is also known for his poetry, he is the Author of the book "Neelam Ghar" a collection of poetry.  I still remember that special moment of my life when MARHOOM TAHIR MUZTER told me, “Bilal this is my book ‘Neelam Ghar’, which I am presenting to you, it will be my pleasure if the youth like you will quote some of my couplets from this book.” 
Just before a couple of days during our telephonic conversation he told me “WEN CHUM SEITHA LOL CHUN AAMUT, BH YALI MARAY PATH PHERI SAKHT MEOUN” I assured him Sir, I’m coming on Thursday. But suddenly on Wednesday evening at about 6.30pm I learnt the shocking news of his death. May Allah rest him in peace. 
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association have also expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul. (OK)
In the picture Late Tahir Muzter with Chief Editor Only Kashmir Bilal Bashir Bhat


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