Muhammad Yusuf Khan had also been looking after arrangements in the rousing reception the Muslim Conference gave Muhammad Ali Jinnah when he visited Kashmir in 1944.

Recalling the event during this interview, Khan said:

“The National Conference had decorated the entire highway from Sonwar to Qazigund with red flags. This had been done with a purpose. Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah wanted to convey to the Quaid-e-Azam that the entire valley was with him (the Sheikh) and that the reconstituted Muslim Conference was not a force to reckon with.

“Muslim Conference workers did not want the Quaid to get the wrong impression. I led a group of workers to Islamabad. The National

Conference workers tried their best to chase us away. But a colleague of ours from Batmaloo, carrying an axe, hit his own head. As a fountain of blood gushed out, he dared the NC men to test their strength against his. The scared National Conference workers ran away. In a jiffy the red flags were replaced with green. The entire highway from Qazigund to Sonwar wore a green look.”

In the tumult, Khan too had sustained injuries in his head.  Jinnah had noticed this when Muslim Conference workers took him in a procession from the Pratap Park to Drugjan.

When Khan visited Bombay a couple of years later, one of Jinnah’s men spotted him coming out of a mosque one Friday, and took him to the Quaid, and a warm welcome, at his residence.

As they talked over a cup of tea, Jinnah looked up suddenly and peered directly into his eyes.

“How is your head now?” he asked, with a smile.

Khan was astonished.

The Quaid had only had a brief look at his injured head in Srinagar, and yet remembered him so well after two years.

This, Khan said, reflected Jinnah’s keen interest in Kashmir affairs.

Though he was highly active, Khan had never regarded himself anything more than an ordinary worker of the Muslim Conference.

And yet the Quaid had recognized him instantly.

This, according to Khan, was Jinnah’s acknowledgment of the Kashmir struggle.

Also, during this interview, he strongly refuted tales that Jinnah had been greeted with a garland of shoes by National Conference workers.

“They would not have dared do that in our presence,” he said.

He however, said that a group of National Conference workers, led by Maqbool Sherwani, had pelted stones on Jinnah’s motorcade near Uri.

 “We avenged it the next year when Nehru visited Kashmir,” he said.

2 Responses to "KASHMIR’S UNSUNG HEROES: Muhammad Yusuf Khan"

  1. Imran khan   November 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for writing about my grand father.He really was a great personality.I miss him like anything.I was in Oman when he passed away in srinagar.

  2. Sachin Joshi   November 20, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Who cares about the relics of history like MA Jinnah? Even a cursory read of anything coming out of Pakistan these days clearly shows that its own citizens have all but DISOWNED his legacy, esp after the adoption of the “Objectives Resolution” some 5 years after the man’s death! Therefore…
    Just WHEN is someone then going to put an axe in the head of this Zahir-ud-din??? If he has the guts why does he not do it himself right away, the big fattened senile P-iG that he is!! That is certainly the kind of fate that awaits him one day… very soon rest assured. And like Jinnah, he too will have his ambulance break-down… resulting in a nice and ‘sweet’ lingering death!!


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