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JAMMU: Veteran Gojri writer and former Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar Choudhary Ghulam  Hussain Zia  passed away last night. He was 70. As per family sources,  he complained Chest pain in the evening and immediately  shifted to nearby Hospital where he declared dead due to cardiac arrest. To remember contributions of Ch Zia for Gujjar community -the   Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation – a main organisation of Gujjars- Bakerwals today  organised a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of  noted tribal scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi. The programme was attended by Gojri writers , poets tribal elders and students of the  community.

Dr. Javaid Rahi  while speaking about the contributions rendered  by Ch. Ghulam Hussain Zia for Gojri language stated that  late Zia was among the forefront runners of community who worked hard for the restoration and revival of Gojri added that Ch Zia spent his whole life for development of  tribal Culture  in the state. He said  for his outstanding works Ch Zia will be remembered for all time to come. Dr. Rahi  said being founder producer of Gojri Programme of Radio Kashmir Ch Zia had played a key role in promotion, propagation and documentation of Gojri language especially in the field of preservation of Gojri folklore and intangible heritage of Gujjars.

As a writer Ch. Zia  contributed valuable research articles, interviews in Gojri language-his mother tongue, Dr. Rahi said. Noted Gojri writer and broadcaster Ch. Hassan Din  Parwaz  in speech said Ch. Zia explored new horizons for budding  Gojri artists and writers who later emerged as star of the language. Ch. Shokat Naseem, Ishtiaq Misbah, Mehmood Riaz also spoke on the occasion.

Ch. Ghulam Hassain Zia was born in Raipur -Bantalab  Jammu in 1948. A graduate from  MAM College Jammu , he joined Radio Kashmir Jammu as producer Gojri Programme in 1975. Later he shifted to Radio Kashmir Srinagar as Producer Gojri Section. Ch Zia raised to the post of Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar  and retired in the year 2008 from  All India Radio Chandigarh. He survived with 3 daughters and wife.