March 2016 News

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Government Bans Pro-azadi Books On Jammu And Kashmir

9 March 2016
India Today
Anand Jayaram

Srinagar: The Government of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has banned the sale, purchase and exhibition of 16 books and booklets written or compiled by writers and authors seeking complete independence of Jammu and Kashmir. Incidentally, two of the banned books have been written by Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, founder of pro-Independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Bhat was hanged in New Delhi's Tihar jail on February 11, 1984 on charges of being involved in killing of a CID officer. Every year on February 11, separatists in Kashmir observe his anniversary. The separatists refer to Bhat as father of Kashmiri nation According to a handout issued by the PoK government on Monday, the books included Jammu Kashmir Book of Knowledge, Wounded Memory, Kashmiriyat Part-I, Knowledge of Jammu and Kashmir: Question-Answers, Guide Map of Poonch Division and Map of Jammu and Kashmir State by Mohammad Saeed Asad; Kashmir and Partition of India and Masla Kashmir - Talkh Haqaiq by Dr Shabir Chaudhry; Srinagar Jail Se Farar Ki Kahani and Main Kon Hoon by Maqbool Butt; Kashmir Salateen Ke Ehad Main by Mohibullah Hassan; Maqbool Butt - the life and struggle by Shams Rehman; Masla Jammu wa Kashmir and Kashmir Tareekh Ke Aaina Main by Prof Mohammad Arif Khan; and Mirpur Par Jab Qayamat Toot Pari by Bal K Gupta.