Muzaffar Fazili

Muzaffar Fazili was born to Abdul QadeerFazili in village Gamroo, Bandipore, in 1925. By 1946, he completed his intermediate in Arts from SP College, Srinagar. Earlier, he did his schooling from MP Higher Secondary School, Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan, Srinagar.  Fazili was different from the rest of his friends. He would discuss the political developments with his friends and was a bold sympathizer of the freedom movement. In 1948 he was appointed teacher in a local primary school of Bandipore. He was a brilliant teacher who was held in high esteem, buthe himself was not satisfied. He wanted to do something different, something tangible. One day he decided to leave for Pakistan. But being the eldest son of his father, he suppressed this desire for some time. However, in 1949, the volcano of suppressed desire erupted and made its way. Fazili, without seeking the consent of his father, left for Pakistan. During this journey, Fazili suffered both physically as well as psychologically.
Fazilibecame a teacher in Muzaffarabad and did his graduation there. Later, he joined Garden College, Rawalpindi and did his masters inEnglish.
 Afterwards, he joined Radio Pakistan as a broadcaster and worked  in Karachi, Lahore  and Rawalpindi stations. He also remained associated with Azad Kashmir Radio for some time when it was relaying its programmes from Thradkhal. Fazili used the medium of radio effectively to serve the Kashmir cause. He loved his homeland very much and made it a point to meet every person from the Valley who visited Azad Kashmir. After joining Radio Pakistan, Fazili started writing in Urdu for NawaiWaqt,  Jang and        other leading newspapers of Pakistan. He usually wrote short stories with a Kashmiri background. His first short story,    Aatash-e-Chinar, hit the stands in 1958. Unfortunately he kept no record of his publications with himself. But his writings still remain in various publications of Pakistan. His booklet, Kashmir, was a critical rejoinder to an article published in Jang, Karachi, regarding the cultural ethos of Kashmir. Syed Naqshbandi, Director Radio Muzaffarabad wrote the foreword of the book. Through his write ups, Fazili sought support for the Kashmir cause and succeeded  to  a   great     extent in   moulding the  opinion  of  the Pakistani establishment and the people. Slowly, Fazili became a strong advocate of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir. He enjoyed a strong   readership.  He married to Padshah Begum of Sahibzada family of FatehKadal, Srinagar, in 1971, but she joined him via Wagah border later in 1973 at Lahore.  Finally, he retired as Deputy Inspector General (News), Radio Pakistan Muzaffarabad in late-1980s. He passed away in Muzaffarabad in February 1995 and was laid to rest there. Thousands of Azad Kashmiris attended his funeral and paid rich tributes to him.