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Kashmir freedom icon Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl passes away


Dec 29, 2023


Known as one of true pioneers in Kashmir movement in Britain, Shawl devoted his life to cause of Kashmir freedom

Veteran Kashmiri freedom leader Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl. — Reporter
Veteran Kashmiri freedom leader Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl. — Reporter

LONDON: Veteran Kashmiri freedom leader Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl has passed away aged 77 following a brief illness.

Known as one of the true pioneers in the Kashmir movement in Britain, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl devoted his life to the cause of Kashmir freedom. The tireless campaigner was surrounded by his close family and loved ones at the time of his passing away.

An icon to the self-determination issue of the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir, his untimely passing away is seen as a severe loss to all.

Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo, his friend and colleague for decades and a fellow Kashmiri, led the tributes in saying: “We have not just lost a dedicated leader, but we have lost a true family man and I have lost someone who is truly my brother. He has left this world for the eternal abode in the world hereafter. However, his fearless legacy stays with us.”

Professor Shawl was born in Baramulla on 13 October 1946. A multilingual person, an educationalist, a poet, a human rights defender and a family man. 

He graduated in sciences from the Jammu and Kashmir University, post-graduated in Botany from the Kashmir University, specialising in ecology, post-graduated in

education from The Himachal Pradesh University. Professor Shawl has held different positions in his professional career that includes being a professor and researcher in Botany, field advisor Sciences, coordinator UNICEF assisted project PECR, member Board of Undergraduate Studies in Botany, University of Kashmir and Chief Test Administrator Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS-Bombay).

Prof Shawl’s writings have highlighted his concerns about the human rights of the people in different conflict areas but championed the Kashmir cause and extreme serious human rights gross violations in Indian Illegaly Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). 

Professor Shawl instituted a think tank, together with other activists, known as South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights of which he was the chairman.

Professor Shawl led the project to have a coalition organisation on the Kashmir issue for one point agenda namely Kashmiris Right to Self-Determination and successfully founded Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC), which is a collaboration of Kashmiri organisations and non-governmental organisations. He led the Kashmir Movement in the United Kingdom through Kashmir Centre, London


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