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K H Khurshid

In Kashmir, People on 11 March, 2006 at 2:55 am

The Srinagar boy, picked up by Jinnah as his private secretary and who was then to see history in the making. He was then to become the President of Azad Kashmir. He died while travelling in a local bus.

This Srinagar boy made the creation of Pakistan possible. The Quaid is once believed to have said that Pakistan was made by him, his private secretary and his typewriter. Today he is conveniently forgotten.

I have not been able to obtain much information about K H Khurshid’s personal life, as and when I am able to do so, I shall publish it on this blog.

All about K.H. Khurshid, Jinnah’s private secretary.

Greater Kashmir, 10th and 11th March, 2006
A man of mettle – I & II

DR. MISFAR HASSAN

“The least important word in any language is I”. Thus spoke K. H. Khurshid, for years private secretary and confidant to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Khurshid went on to become the first elected president of Azad Kashmir, led a turbulent political life but zealously guarded many of its secrets. His active role in Azad Kashmir’s politics carried the unmistakable imprint of the Quaid’s teachings. He fought his adversaries with dignity – and with logic. He saw the insides of prisons too for his uncompromising stance on Kashmir. With his sudden accidental death on the morning of 1988, a chapter of the Pakistan movement ended – and with it the possibility of his writing his memoirs of “Jinnah Sahib”, as Khurshid called him.

His relationship with the Quaid-e-Azam dated back to his adolescence in 1944 and endured beyond the latter’s death, with Fatima Jinnah taking the responsibility of educating him in the manner her brother would have approved of. Some people believe that the reason we did not witness Khurshid in the media, narrating accounts of Jinnah’s life and that of Fatima Jinnah, whom he knew personally, had to do with the fact that the military and civil bureaucracy did not want the people of Pakistan know the true facts about the creation of the country.

K. H. Khurshid was born in l924 in Srinagar, in an environment where culture and education were valued above all else. His father was as a teacher at boys school and the significance of knowledge was the stuff of everyday life. He entered the college at a time of great political ferment and was immediately attracted to the All India Muslim League. With the help of friends, Khurshid launched a campaign to increase political awareness amongst his peers. Soon he was able to establish the Kashmir Muslim Student’s Federation, which attracted a large number of young people. In 1942, he and Ghulam Rasool were chosen to go and see the Quaid in Jalandhar. “‘Here you are’, said the Quaid and handed me the flag of the party”, Khurshid records in his diary.

When the Quaid and Fatima Jinnah came to Kashmir on their third visit, Khurshid saw them as the representative of Orient Press of India. At 19, he took his Bachelors examination from Amar Singh College, Srinagar, in Mathametics and Economics. Sensing that Mr Lobo, Mr Jinah’s private secretary, was having trouble with the translations of Mr Jinnah’s habitually English speeches into Urdu, Khurshid offered to help. The Quaid appreciated the young man’s dedication and gave him his first assignment.

During Mr Jinnah’s stay in Srinagar, Khurshid interacted regularly with the Quaid with the result that the latter made a great and deep impression upon him. Khurshid learnt to be brutally frank from his mentor. He never minced his words. “When I gave him news of the death of Bahadar Yar Jang, he said that he would not believe it until he had verified it himself. I insisted ‘Mr Jinnah, I heard it on All India Radio’. And he said, ‘Yes, they once aired such news about me too’”, Khurshid records in his diary.

Next, the Quaid asked Khurshid to accompany him on a visit to Bombay. Khurshid’s father was reluctant to let his son go. The young man was showed evidence of a promising career in academics. His father preferred that he take the safe and well-trodden path of academia with all its certainties. He really did not relish a life in politics for his son. “Don’t worry. I will take care of his future”, the Quaid is reported to have told Khurshid’s anxious father. This was a commitment, which was honoured by Mr Jinnah and after him by his sister who sent Khurshid to Lincoln’s Inn to study for the Bar.

Bombay was a hectic and demanding life for Jinnah’s young private secretary. Khurshid proved to be dependable. He had the rare opportunity of meeting some of India’s leading lights at the time. Despite his inexperience and youth, he was extremely discreet and never said a word out of place. He learned from Jinnah not to comment on other people’s lives.

The Quaid knew that Khurshid had a good understanding of the political situation in Kashmir. That is why he sent him to meet Sheikh Abdullah. But fate had something else in store for him. He was taken prisoner by the then Kashmir government. This upset Mr Jinnah tremendously. The Quaid’s biographer N. A. Hussain talks about Mr Jinnah and Miss Fatima Jinnah worrying about a certain Khurshid one evening. “It was only later that I learnt which Khurshid they were talking of”, he recalls in his book My Leader. “My work is suffering greatly and I want Khurshid back.” Thus wrote Jinnah in a letter to Pandit Nehru, asking for Khurshid’s release from prison.

Jinnah’s wish remained unfulfilled and, after his death, his sister, Fatima, campaigned for Khurshid’s release. The l948 Kashmir war prolonged his period in what was solitary confinement. He was released after thirteen months imprisonment in exchange for an Indian general, Ghansara Singh. Grieved by the death of his leader, Khurshid quit politics straight away. Thereafter we see him in a different but equally important role: he founded a daily newspaper The Guardian with the help of his friend Aziz Baig. This newspaper couldn’t survive for long and had to be closed down. Following Jinnah’s death, Fatima Jinnah took on the role of mentor for Khurshid. She made him stay with her at the Flagstaff House in Karachi, a practice that continued after his marriage. She financed his education in England. Later, Khurshid was the mastermind behind her election strategy against Ayub Khan.

Khurshid’s political career in Azad Kashmir, first as its president and later as an opposition leader, was an important chapter in his life and is highly regarded. Amongst others, at a time when the Kashmiri people were floundering, having had their will flouted by the Indian State, Khurshid gave voice to Kashmir’s plight and charted a course for the future. He was preaching to the converted for the alienation of ordinary Kashmiris with the Indian state was firm. “I was surprised to find that even ordinary womenfolk were well versed on issues confronting occupied Kashmir” Khurshid wrote in his diaries.

Khurshid was made president of Azad Kashmir in the early sixties by President Ayub Khan. He accepted the post at Miss Jinnah’s urging. A year later he became the first elected president of Azad Kashmir. He spent his time in office working just as the Quaid would have done: start at 8 a.m. and work till the last file had been seen. It was he who provided Pakistan’s part of the Kashmir with rich networks of roads. He brought an end to the Jagirdari system in Azad Kashmir and most importantly gave the right of vote to the people and brought the politicians to the doorsteps of the people. No wonder the Kashmiris called him Khurshid-e-Millat.

His life was devoted for securing the rights of the people, be it Kashmir or Pakistan. He always challenged the military rulers of Pakistan who have made blunders during their unlawful rule over the country. He would never accept any unlawful act by the political rulers in AJK. His life was fully devoted to the cause of freedom of the people of Jammu Kashmir.

The Kashmir issue went into background during the seventies owing to the Simla accord. It he who kept on raising his concerns about the issue and he would always say that one day the youth from the Indian Held Kashmir would rise for the liberation of the state and it would be then that the AJK government would play its role. It was really unfortunate that when his predicted time arrived he was not there to provide the visionary guideline to the people.

He was invited to attend the conference of non-aligned movement in Harare in 1986. He had fears if the government of Pakistan would know that he attending the conference he would not be allowed to travel out of Pakistan. He left Pakistan secretly for the United Kingdom from where he went to Harare. He met all the head of the states attending the conference including Rajiv Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India (As he narrated it himself to me and one of my uncles from Srinagar in 1987). He said as he handed over the memorandum to the Indian Prime Minister he was infuriated and threw the memorandum. The All India radio kept on broadcasting his presence attributing it to Pakistan government but the then Pakistani president Zia-ul Haq was also astonished to see him in the moot.

Throughout the 64 years of his life, Khurshid remained unwavering in his commitment. He has learnt the lesson from Mr Jinnah only too well. It is ironic that he was thrown into the Dalai prison camp by President Ayub Khan to stop him from speaking out against the latter’s “Operation Gibralter”.

K. H. Khurshid’s accidental death while travelling on a transport coach marked an end of a chapter of the making of Pakistan. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. These were the lines from the New Testament that were found scribbled in Khurshid’s diary.

May Allah bless his soul. Aameen.

The Dawn, 8th October, 2001
Memories of Jinnah: PRIVATE VIEW

KHALID HASSAN

K.H. KHURSHID died travelling in a public bus to Lahore on a rainy night in 1988. What surprised everyone was not the accident that had killed him at a crucial point in Kashmir struggle for dignity and recognition but that the man who had been the Quaid-i-Azam’s hand-picked private secretary through the history-making years 1944 to 1947 was travelling, not in a black chauffeured limousine but in an ordinary bus with the same ordinary people who had made Pakistan possible.

In a way, it was a befitting place for him to die because he was the most modest of men and never spoke about his years with the Quaid and the intimacy he had enjoyed or the trust the Father of the Nation had reposed in him. Nor did he ever mention the great affection which the normally harsh Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah bore him. It was she who insisted, for instance, that he go to London to do law and she paid for it. Khurshid had no money then, and he had no money later. The fact was that he was not interested in such things. Lack of money or the absence of a home of his own did not matter to him.

Khurshid sailed through life keeping a low profile and never bragging about the historic events to which he had not only been a witness but in which he had also played a small part perhaps. The Quaid is once believed to have said that Pakistan was made by him, his private secretary and his typewriter. That private secretary was Khurshid whom the Quaid had picked up in Srinagar when he was barely twenty and who had never travelled outside Kashmir except once for a debate in Lahore and to attend the annual session of the Punjab Muslim Students Federation in Jullandhar as a representative of Kashmiri students.

The Quaid had inaugurated the session and that was the first time Khurshid had set eyes on the man who was to change his life and the life of the Muslims of India. As for the typewriter, when Khurshid joined the Quaid in Bombay, he did not know how to type. But he managed to deal with the Quaid’s personal and official correspondence with his two-finger method. It need not be stressed that the perfectionist that Mr Jinnah was, everything had to be letter perfect. One can go on wondering how the Quaid was able to achieve so much with so little.

Khurshid not only did not speak about his time with the Quaid but he did not even write about him. Once, when pressed, he said, he would write the truth about the Quaid when others stopped printing lies about him. He obviously had in mind Gen. Zia-ul-Haq’s strange claim that a hitherto unknown diary of the Quaid had been discovered which proved that he did not believe in parliamentary democracy.

All Khurshid said in a statement was: the Quaid did not keep a diary. The man who ruled Jinnah’s Pakistan for 11 years did not repeat the claim again. Once when in order to prove that he was the Quaid’s secretary, Sharifuddin Pirzada had a picture printed that showed his popped up head behind the Quaid and Gandhi, Khurshid remarked, “He can also use this evidence to prove that he was Gandhi’s secretary.”

After Khurshid died, the family came upon a couple of notebooks and papers in which he had recorded some of his memories of the Quaid and conversations about the Quaid with those who had known him well. Though the material was in the nature of a fragment, rather than a sustained account, it was valuable enough to make a book, though a slim one.

The book ‘Memories of Jinnah’ was published by Oxford University Press with help from I.H. Burney, one of Khurshid’s great friends. The first edition ran out and was not reprinted, because according to the publishers there was “not sufficient demand to justify the reprint”. It is only now that a second edition has been produced by Sang-e-Meel, Lahore.

When the Quaid came to Srinagar in the summer of 1944, Khurshid who was in college and also stringing for the Orient Press, the only Muslim news agency in India which ran a limited, almost primitive service. It became Khurshid’s norm to visit the Quaid every day and bring him what the Quaid called “the gup”. Off and on, he would ask Khurshid, “What is Gandhi doing?” Khurshid, of course, had no idea because the Orient Press did not have live wires abuzz with news.

One day the Quaid asked Khurshid if he would become his secretary, adding that he should not decide in a hurry. Khurshid could not believe his ears. A few days later when he said yes, the Quaid told him, “I will show you the world and look after you.” In Bombay, Khurshid stayed at the Quaid’s Malabar Hill residence and in Delhi at his 10 Aurangzeb Road residence.

Writes Khurshid, “Mr Jinnah was a stickler for routine and extremely punctual. Almost everything happened with clockwork precision. He was up at seven when his personal valet, the boy Phillip Mescarenhas, entered his bedroom with tea on a tray and the day’s newspapers. These Mr Jinnah scanned for an hour or so and then went to the bathroom. Phillip would lay out his clothes, having prepared his bath earlier. Promptly at quarter past nine, Mr and Miss Jinnah would come down by the lift and head for the dining room for breakfast, which was over by 10 o’clock. He would then start his day’s work.” According to Khurshid, “He (the Quaid) personally opened all the letters addressed to him. He personally received all the money orders and cheques, signing or countersigning them. He also received all the registered letters and signed for them. My first reaction was that perhaps he did not trust anyone. But as time passed, I changed my opinion. The explanation lay in his immense sense of responsibility. There were occasions during those years when the flood of correspondence became almost unmanageable. Miss Jinnah would then come to help and the two of us would open his letters and telegrams.”

Khurshid recalls that when Dawn’s first editor Pothan Joseph left, the Quaid was bitter. He said it was a pity that in the world of today, one could not trust anyone. Of Joseph he said, “He was in Madras wasting his time and drinking like a fish. I picked him up and made him editor of Star of India. Then we started Dawn and I brought him here and now, for only an extra two hundred rupees, he has gone over to the government.” Khurshid also recalls when he first met Altaf Husain, this newspaper’s legendary editor. The Quaid interviewed him personally and ordered his appointment.

Khurshid writes, “I felt that if Mr Jinnah appeared cold and cautious, it was because he had been let down often. He had trusted and been deceived. He had shown sincerity but had received scorn and now he treaded the ground with extreme caution, measuring every step as he took it, not once, not twice, not three times, but ninety-nine times perhaps. Mr Jinnah had no baseness in his character. He had chosen the middle course in dealing with people. He was trusting, but not too trusting; suspicious, but not very. This was his compromise.”

Khurshid explains what made the Quaid give up on Indian nationalism. “Young and enthusiastic, when he returned from Britain, he believed that India was a nation as Great Britain was a nation and, as such, worked for the abolition of separate electorates and for the establishment of Hindu-Muslim unity. But he soon discovered that it was not so.

“The closer he came to the Hindu nationalist leaders, the more familiar he grew with their ‘Hindutva’, that curious mixture of religion and politics … Nationalism was Mr Jinnah’s first love and continued to give him occasional pangs until late in life, as first love does. Mr Gandhi was right. People were more Hindu or Muslim than they were Indian … Since he was a Muslim, he argued, why should he not speak to his people as a Muslim? As an idealist, Mr Jinnah was a nationalist, but his nationalism died in its infancy.”

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  1. Kh khursheed i Saw him when he invited in my home town.He is such a great person.Qaed-a-Azim said pakistan made by three people one is Qaed-a-Azim and second his sister Fatima Jinah And third person is KH KURSHEED.When he died in accident ony 35 rupees in his pocket,His wife still liv,es in a rent house.He was ex president of azad kashmir.He is such a devoted person and he is very loyal with his country.His name will be remain forever.God give him a high place in paradise(Ameen)

  2. One more thing i would like to mention about kh khursheed that during election he is is election comissioner or something i am forgeting then that time people of pakistan point finger on kh khursheed that he is not pakistani he is kashmiri so how can he sit on that chair then Qaied-a-Azim said if KHURSHEED IS NOT PAKISTANI THEN NO BODY PAKISTANI.

    • It was during Miss Jinnah’s elections that the polling agent of General Ayub the opponent candidate to Miss Jinnah reported to the Election commissioner that Khurshid cannot be the polling agent for Miss Jinnah when this news was revealed to Miss Jinnah she said “If Khurshid is not Pakistani then no one in Pakistan is a Pakistani.”

  3. I am one of the relatively nieces of K H Khusrshid but unfortunately, I do not know much about him. I have been searching for his biography on the internet but have not found any. Can someone please help me in this purpose? I am being very anxious to read about him and so is my husband.

    • Hello, I can help you in giving all his details plus biography about my great leader. I belong to Kashmir and on his anniversary I write article about him in all newspapers. On 11th March do read Nawai Waqt and other papers. And on his anniversary every year I go to Mazaffarabad and participate in occasion organized by Liberation League.

  4. This is brilliant… It is a shame that people think that Sharifuddin Pirzada was the personal secretary of the Quaid.

  5. Hey Farzana Butt!

    I am also a nephew of K H’s; if you read this please do get in touch at alihasan78[@]hotmail[.]com.

    Regards

  6. ylh

    Much is said about the contribution of Pakistan to Kashmir (in way of its moral, political and diplomatic support) but not much is said about the contribution of K H Khurshid- a Kashmiri to Pakistan and the facts about his life and death are hidden from the public – as a revelation of those will not help the opportunists who are living off Kashmir.

    Farzana

    You may get in touch with Khalid Hassan, who has written much about K H Khurshid. The book Memoirs of Jinnah by K H Khurshid may also be helpful.

  7. Dear Readers, I am also neice of Mr K H Khurshid. I am one of the fortunate who had the opportunity of a life time to be with such a great personality. I am writing my memories of my dearest uncle and will soon bring forth for interested readers ‘My Uncle Khurshid As I remember Him’

  8. Rawalpindi. A Day in the 1950s

    Something special was happening.I was very happy running about the house, a child of five or six years. There was a long bright blue car parked in the driveway.The house had two gates and a circular driveway. I also remember some men standing outside the house and one smart person in white uniform with a peak cap. He was the driver of the smart 1956 blue Chevorlet. Later I came to know it was the President’s car.

    ‘Anju,anju, come and sit here,and be alert’, you will hear my name’ my uncle Khurshid smiling as always made me sit in front of the big radio with the glass stand on the top ,many numbers written on it. Obediently I sat down on the carpet, crosslegged and in suspense. The radio was in one of the bedrooms.’Soon there was that familiar tune which comes before the news. I was all ears. Then I heard ‘Mr K H Khurshid has been appointed as the president of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Government……’ next thing I remember, uncle khurshid’s smiling face close to my face’did you hear? did you hear? It was as if he was like a playmate,for the young and the elderly, always trying to make everyone smile and be involved. When he was present the whole house was alive with laughter fun and activities that left a lasting feeling of happiness and pleasure.

  9. Hello Anjum

    I live in Canada and would welcome emails from K.H. Khurshid’s relatives ( he was my father’s uncle) so write to me.

    Rashda

  10. Dear Anjum waseem Dar and Ali Hasan

    It was very nice to see that somehow, more of our family members are coming forward and also are willing to share anything they know about uncle K H Khurshid. It would be nicer if we could get in touch through emails if possible to tell our new generation how it feels like to be a part of a family that had been a milestone in the history of our beloved Pakistan.

    Regards,

    Farzana Butt.

  11. Hi,

    I would like to thank ylh for reffering me to the book and Mr. Khalid Hassan.

    Farzana Butt

  12. I want to say thanks to “K” for reffering me to Khalid Hasan and the book.

    Farzana Butt.

  13. Dear Rashda, Farzana and Ali,

    It feels good to know about you as part of the family. My father late Dr Col Abdur Rashid was the eldest brother. All the family migrating from Kashmir would gather at our house in Pindi.

    Please tell us more about yourself too and we can all share the great contribution of our great uncle Khurshid.

  14. Dear All K H K Cousins

    My email is : anjum49 [at] hotmail.com

    You can write to me

    Anjum Wasim Dar
    Rawalpindi, Pakistan

  15. Its nice that we people are in search of his biography, well presently I am a student and not in a position to contribute any thing at the moment, but I will work on this project. Its always nice to read something about as our national hero.

  16. Here the family is coming together….Allah will help all.

  17. I had heard about Khurshid saheb but never exactly read about him. Though I did meet his daughter,Yasmin in 1978 at Delhi but that too did not reveal much about him. I have liked him for his conviction, forthright, honesty…in fact if you just go back to the history,you will find dedicated and committed people who stood by their resolve and conviction, were like Mr Khurshid. Thats a rare breed and we don’t find people like them anymore. Or may be they are not recognised by the political set up of the day !

  18. Dear All,

    I incidentally looked at this web page today. I have worked in the political party of Mr K H Khurshid as its Secretary General for about ten years. My only objective is to work towards the fulfilment of the unfinished agenda of attaining the Right of Self Determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir through peaceful political dialogue.

    It has been unfortunate that the struggle for which K H Khurshid fought so dedicatedly with M. A. Jinnah, subsequent was taken over by people who were all working with the British Empire and the nation never got the real chance to learn of the reasons why India had to be divided.

    Still the people of Kashmir are suffering and the matter would only be resolved when the people of Jammu Kashmir would get their right to decide their future through vote. Sooner their right is accepted by all the involved parties the better it would be for the peace of the region.

    On 11th March we are commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Mr K H Khurshid. I have submitted English and Urdu articles to all English and Urdu dailies of Pakistan Kashmir and the UK.

    Presently I am working in the UK National Health Service as well as working towards the objectives of Mr K H Khurshid. If you have any comments or suggestions how we can move forward for getting right of self determination for the Kashmiri people please do get in touch. My mail address is kashm10@hotmail.com I would be happy to hear from nieces and nephews of Mr Khurshid as I would try to be in touch with all.

  19. I fully agree with Vinod that today we rarely find honest and dedicated people like Mr K H Khurshid in politics. I think as the democratic process would progress in the sub- continent people would realise and elect committed and dedicated people.

    • I also agree with Mr. Vinod Kapoor and Dr. Misfar Hassan…and I think he was only one who had the right vision about Kashmir issue…and I think these days we don’t have such a great and committed leader like him, and I wish ALLAH bless him.

  20. Dear All Please go to http://www.greaterkashmir.com to read about Mr K H Khurshid as it is his 20th death anniversary thanks will look forward to your comments

  21. I just forgot to mention that K H Khurshid was my uncle as well. I would like to hear from any of you intersted in the struggle for freedom of Kashmiris by Mr K H Khurshid

  22. Hi all,

    I just found this site while searching about Khurshid Sahib, He was our favourite personality while we were students, and my father was a silent lover and admirer of Khurshid Sahib. I remember he was crying bitterly the day Khurshid Sahib died in a tragic road accident. I know some of his close relatives in Muzaffarabad. I am happy to see his family members coming together. I hope u people will share his life with me.

    Regards

  23. Dear all,

    I am overjoyed to see memories of this great man and hero flow with such admiration to this day. KH Khurshid Sahib was such a kind and humble person one could not but love him. He was a man who commanded the attention of others not by raising his voice but by his presence alone.

    I was quizzed on my studies on many a occasion and given words of wisdom one would offer a 13 year old many a time by Khurshid sahib. I sat through hours and hours of debating and discussions between Khurshid Sahib and my Father until the dawn would break and the men folk in our London home would slow and Khurshid Sahib never tired from reporting to them the problems of pakistan and what must be done. Memories which bring a smile to the lips and a tear to the eye.

    Khurshid Sahib was a devoted man with drive energy and sincerity and most of all love for his people, not found in today’s politicians or parties.

    “Honest” would be the only type of President who travels in a public bus of Pakistan and not leave scopious amounts of wealth but a few rupees to show at his death bed…. May Allah SWT give Khurshid Sahib Paradise and make his position exalted amongst it and may Allah SWT send another Khurshid which Kashmir awaits. Ameen.

  24. Salam All Readers.

    I am KH Khurshid Sahibs relative as well. Many of my second cousins have posted their comments on this. I would like all of you to email me with your contact numbers so we be in touch.

    I am already in contact with Dr. Misfar. We have already dug out bit of our family history recently. I will personally be very grateful if you email me on imran.freelancecourier[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk.

  25. But I have never heard of him before!

  26. I would congratulate and bid my heartiest thanks to the person who has written these passages and I hope that he would be keeping it up.

    In fact, it is encouraging a great deal that some one is contributing his/her great deal to throw light on lives of great personalities from our history. No doubt, K. H. Khurshid is unsung hero and he played very active role in establishment of Pakistan.

    Muhammad Saqib Khan
    Pothi Bala, Rawalakot

  27. Today Kashmir needs a leader like K. H. Khurshid!

  28. […] had some rare photographs of Jinnah in Kashmir, and almost brought together, K.H.Khurshid’s family. The toughest book to find was Aatish e Chinar, Sheikh Abdullahs biography. It took me to places in […]

  29. In a day or so we would be commemorating another death anniversary of Mr K H Khurshid I would be appearing in a TV programme on sky 802 at GMT 730 pm if possible please join me in the programme through phone calls and any questions or comments would be welcome.

  30. A GREAT MAN, i have read about he started something, he was a man with character, he had quailties and values what our politics lack now

    Why are people of Kashmiri happy to belong to Pakistan or India, when if you really think about it we have our own resources and if we ever independent we would be able to built Kashmir and help people? We would have a strong economy and be able to maintain our selves and stop the suffering of our people. What is the real benefit of staying with Pakistan or India all we get from both countries is blood shed and pain. We as Kashmiri people need to be proud of the work we have done to develop our land; Kashmir has its own assembly and could stain ourselves and develop our beloved country. I have had enough of our people suffering at the hands of two governments that don’t consider the value of life of Kashmir people. I have to be clear these governments have no input into our country other then taking our resources and destroying our beautiful land and turning it into a war zone. Jammu and Azad have family members on both sides there is no flag or government or name that can divide the blood that rushes through both Jammu and Azad Kashmiri people, and we will never forget the blood that has been shed,

    I am proud to be Kashmir not Azad or Jammu, just Kashmiri. People of Kashmir are used as chest pieces in a game being played between two governments that don’t consider us humans and consider our mother land as a battlefield. When in reality every child, man, women is a King or Queen in there own right. Why do we go through these injustices, we want both governments to accept the recognition of the Azad Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir as the lawful Government of the entire state.

    We are people; we need human rights and independence. It is time to unite and stand together and make a clear stance that we are one people, one blood, one land, one pain, one suffering and we represent one Kashmir.

    C.H.Shazad Murtaza

  31. Dear participants it good to hear so many positive comments about our great leader if you are on the facebook we have now created a face book page with the name K H Khurshid all of you are wellcome to join and contribute towards the cause and share your sentiments thanks my email address is misfar@jkll.org

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