“Izhar Wani was the gentleman of the tribe”


The AFP reported he was a well-known and deeply respected figure in the Kashmiri journalistic community. He was also a much sought-after source of information and advice for the many foreign correspondents who visited the region over the years.

“Izhar’s untimely death has robbed India and AFP of a great correspondent,” said AFP Asia-Pacific director Eric Wishart. “He showed tremendous courage in covering an extremely complex and dangerous conflict for so many years, and showed the same courage in his fight against cancer.”

In the evening, Wani was buried at his ancestral graveyard at Sonwar amidst a sombre funeral which was attended by his relatives, journalists and several top leaders. Wani passed away here in a hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Izhar Wani remembered

“Devastated! Izhar Wani is gone, leaving behind a trail of great memories.”

– Senior journalist, Yusuf Jameel

Izhar wani smiling face good human being. May Allah rest you in Jannat. I promise will miss your smile always.”

– Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik

may allah bless ua [your] soul Izhar Wani…I never met u [you], but I feel pained…rest in peace…”

– Journalist, Danish Nabi

I am truly saddened by izhar death. Izhar was more than just a friend he was an amazing person. he was always so kind and considerate to us that he always welcomed seeing his at every opportunity. His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew his memory will always remain deep within my heart.”

– Journalist, Imran Shah

Izhar…will miss your smile for ever….”

– Senior Journalist, Shujaat Bukhari

The depth of your loss is immeasurable.”

– Journalist, Mudasir Ahmed

“Izhar Wani was the gentleman of the tribe.”

– Journalist, Azhar Qadri

The first time I met izhar wani was in the LKG class at Burn Hall. Today he lay in a stilled state in a coffin amid the recitation of fateh. Probably the first LKG mate of mine to pass away. The coffin lay there n [and] all I could imagine was a shy izhar seated next to me in the LKG.”

– Chairman, People’s Conference, Sajad Lone

“Izhar Wani, a wonderful man and humble person is no more. May his soul rest in peace. A big loss. Pained. Izhar sahib you will be in our hearts forever.”

– Editor, The Kashmir Walla

“RIP Izhar Wani.. Though I hardly knew u but U always talked like a friend, a brother.. U were friendly, always helpful, supportive, Kind n thats wat made u Different n Special from the Lot.. U will be surely Missed.. :(“

– Journalist, Samiya Latief

Dedicated to IZHAR WANI ……who will remain with me till i die … i miss u more .. plz come bac. (sic)”

– Journalist, Shahana Butt

There are no more posts to show. That is what his facebook wall said. I wanted to see his picture once and then I would never see it again. He left us all traumatized. I still remember when his eyes opened to see us all. That can never happen again. Izhar Wani died today at SKIMS in Srinagar after brief illness.”

– Journalist, Sameer Yasir

I don’t know why the Almighty snatches wonderful people so early from us. Izhar, you were one of the noblest souls I’ve ever known. Your disarming smile will always haunt me. It is difficult to come to terms with the stark reality that you won’t be among us physically anymore. May Allah bestow upon you His rehmat and may He give your family the courage to face your absence.”

– Shabir Hussain Buchh

“Inna Lil Allahi wa Inna Lil Allahi Rajeoon…..Izhar Wani saab you will be always remembered as a brave soldier of journalism..May your soul rest i n peace…” (sic)

–  Photojournalist, Waseem Gashroo

“Dear Izhar Wani you’ll be remembered forever my friend. Rest in Peace. May God grant you paradise and give your relatives patience to bear your loss.”

– Journalist, Mohamad Umar

“Dear brother Izhar Wani Rest in peace…May God place you in Jannat-ul-Firdous…Your death left me shuttered…Brother I can’t write anything more..Fi Ammanillah :((((((((((((((((((((((“

– Journalist, Samaan Lateef


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