New Delhi: The Srinagar-based journalist, Mudasir Ali, who reported extensively on developments across Jammu and Kashmir for The Wire, died of a heart attack at his residence on Wednesday night. He was 33 years old and not known to be suffering from any ailment.
A graduate of the mass communications and journalism department of the University of Kashmir, Mudasir worked as an associate editor at Greater Kashmir newspaper and also freelanced for other publications.
His association with The Wire began in September 2015, months after the publication was launched, and saw him cover all the major developments from Jammu and Kashmir during this period.
Widely respected by the journalists’ fraternity in J&K, Mudasir was adept at covering both political and social developments and often volunteered to travel around to various troubled spots to ensure accuracy and capture on-the-ground voices.
His funeral in Budgam was attended by a large number of people.
Thousands attend the funeral procession of senior Journalist Mudasir Ali at Charar I sharief Budgam who died of cardiac arrest on Friday Morning.
— Asian News Hub (@AsianNewsHub) November 20, 2020
Last journey of our brother and colleague Mudasir Ali.
Heart aching! pic.twitter.com/3pav57brH8
— Daanish Bin Nabi (@DaanishBinNabi) November 20, 2020
The Jammu & Kashmir Editors Forum (JKEF) expressed deep sorrow over Mudasir’s death. “In this moment of grief JKEF stands with the bereaved family and prayed to almighty Allah to grant them strength to bear the loss,” said a spokesman.
Journalists, political leaders and others on social media expressed their grief at the news, and talked about how well-respected and liked Mudasir was.
Mudasir was an outstanding journalist who reported for @thewire_in from J&K from 2016. Diligent, resourceful and meticulous in his work, his death last night of a heart attack is a huge loss for everyone he touched in his short life. Rest in peace, Dear Mudasir, rest in peace. https://t.co/mSNUL0JW2Q
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) November 20, 2020
Saddened to know of Mudasir Ali’s sudden demise. Have known him for years & he was a great person. Still find it hard to believe. May Allah give strength to his family to bear this loss. https://t.co/3wLvViumSt
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 20, 2020
It was a terrible shock to hear of the untimely death of Mudassir Ali. He had a bright career as a journalist ahead of him & the fact that he died so young makes his passing even more difficult to comprehend. May Allah grant him Jannat & his family strength at the difficult time. https://t.co/Wj7OVzrCZ1
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 20, 2020
Shocking and sad. Mudasir Ali, a young buddy and a promising member of our tribe associated with @GreaterKashmir is reported to have passed away after suffering massive cardiac arrest this morning. Rest in eternal peace, dear. pic.twitter.com/2ry4WPixe2
— YusufJameelیوسف جمیل (@jameelyusuf) November 20, 2020
Woke up to the shocking news of passing away of a Kashmiri journalist Mudasir Ali. He suffered a cardiac arrest. Too young to go.
May Allah rest his soul and give his family the patience. pic.twitter.com/UfiOwEqoZg
— Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) November 20, 2020
We debate,discuss,have arguments,agree to disagree,disagree to agree,have different perspectives but only as long we are alive. Overwhelmed with these thoughts is the feeling of sadness for sudden death of young journalist Mudasir Ali. RIP pic.twitter.com/aRkST3U94M
— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) November 20, 2020
Stunned and shocked to hear that Mudassir Ali, a brilliant young reporter @GreaterKashmir is no more. Always on the ball, looking for stories, passionate abt the power sector. Spoke to me last week. It is a personal loss, cant even get myself to say RIP, Mudassir. Terrible times.
— Haseeb Drabu (@HaseebDrabu) November 20, 2020
Mudasir Ali’s death is a personal loss to me. He was not only brilliant at what he did but also kind, affable and soft spoken. It will take us all a long time to come to terms with this. My deepest condolences to @Gaamuk and the family.
— Naeem Akhtar (@shangpal) November 20, 2020
Unbelievable. I am completely shocked to know of Mudassir Ali’s passing away by cardiac arrest. A promising journalist and fine human being left us so soon. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
— Shahid Choudhary (@listenshahid) November 20, 2020
Just heard about the passing away of Mudasir Ali, a very talented journalist at the Greater Kashmir. Had sat with him so many times. Hard to believe he is no more. But that is life. My commiserations. May Allah grant him Jannat.
— Sajad Lone (@sajadlone) November 20, 2020