Killer Terrorist Maqbool Bhat’s Black Spot on Kashmiriyat Fades Away
Maqbool Bhat, became the harbinger of Pakistan’s radical terror brainwash bid in Kashmir, as the first generation of Kashmiri separatists & hanged by Indira Gandhi Government, after an
Indian diplomat’s cold-blooded killing by his henchmen, to secure his release, while under trial for the murder of a CID official Amar Chand.
He was born on 18 February 1938 to a peasant family in Trehgam village, district Kupwara. In the 1950s he crossed over the Line of Control(LC) to Peshawar, Pakistan, to put up with his uncle. There he completed his education and was recruited by Pakistan
Army and thus joined Plebiscite Front, Azad Kashmir Chapter.
He was soon elevated to its Secretary. Maqbool contested the ‘Basic Democracy’
election initiated by the then president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK), K. H. Khurshid. Later, he also became Khurshid’s election campaigner before quitting politics, when Pakistan Army wanted him to spearhead militants invading Kashmir under Operation
Gibraltar, in the run-up to the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War.
This led to the secret formation of The National Liberation Front (NLF) on 13 August
1965 at the residence of Major Amanullah in Peshawar under Maqbool Butt, Tahir Aurangzeb, Amir Ahmed, and Kala Khan, who all decided to secretly cross back over to Kashmir on 10 June 1966 and recruited terrorists. Maqbool Bhat along with Kala Khan and Mir
Ahmad was arrested and tried in a Srinagar court for killing the CID officer Amar Chand and crossing the Ceasefire Line illegally. In August 1968, judge Neelkanth Ganjoo awarded the death sentence to Maqbool Butt and Mir Ahmad, and a life sentence to Kala
Khan in the Amar Chand case.
Originally a militant wing of the Azad Kashmir Plebiscite Front, his organization officially changed its name
to the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front(JKLF) in Birmingham, England on 29 May 1977; from then until 1994 it was an active Kashmiri Terrorist organization.
In 1971, Bhat was accused of masterminding the hijacking of an Indian Airlines passenger airline to Lahore, Pakistan, as the hijackers declared affiliation with JKLF under the leadership of Bhat. Pakistan, secured the release of all passengers,
lodging them in a 5-star hotel, while blowing up the plane, in a bid to claim innocence and wash off the stain of pushing militants across Kashmir in the 1965 war.
Hence, after receiving instructions from Zia, he did not hurt the passengers but blew up the plane instead, thus he served faithfully, Pakistan’s cause of a subtle international diplomatic bid of trying not to be branded a rogue
Disillusioned, Maqbool Butt decided to cross LoC, into India once again but was captured in 1976, in an attempt to rob a bank
On 3 February 1984, Ravindra Mhatre an Indian diplomat in the UK, was kidnapped in Birmingham, England by the People’s Justice Party, supported by ISI recruited Mirpuri
Pakistanis in the UK. A demand to release Maqbool Bhat was put forward by the Pakistani-ISI kidnappers. However on ISI’s instructions, on 6 February 1984 members of the Kashmir Liberation Army murdered the diplomat in Birmingham.
Thus began the dark spot on Kashmiriyat, apparently played up by Pakistan Army-ISI based stooges in the UK.
Bhat’s petition for clemency was rejected. The Indira Gandhi government bypassed long-standing judicial norms to carry out the hanging of Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat at the Tihar Jail in the national
capital on 11 Feb 1984. The authorities not only refused to hand over his body to his family, but he was unceremoniously buried within the jail premises itself.
Naya Kashmir – Naya Daur
5th August 2019 was the day when the history of J&K had changed forever and people welcomed
PM Modi’s decision wholeheartedly. This day shall remain forever in the heart of the people of J&K because of parliament’s bold decision of scrapping Article 370.
After the abrogation of article 370, a 65% decline in Terror incidents in the J&K Union Territory was witnessed. There is a significant decline in local recruitment of Terrorists from Kashmir valley.
As NIA busted the funding of Pro-Pak groups and due to blockage of financial support, separatists and other groups are unable to make local youths dance to their tunes. There
has been no curfew, strike, and ‘Bandh’ by the Pro-Pakistani Hurriyat conference. The propaganda of the Hurriyat Conference has been completely busted and halted since August 2019.