Peerzada Tayyab Shah – II

The Quaid-e-Azam’s rather extended stay in Srinagar came as a boost for Muslim Conference workers, and this did not go down well with the National Conference.

Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah invited Congress leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Abul Kalam Azad, in 1945.

The NC made massive arrangements for their reception. A boat procession from the Chattabal weir was also planned.

Muslim Conference workers felt the need to register their protest on the Congress leaders’ arrival in Kashmir.

Peerzada Tayyab Shah played a vital role in giving the arrangements the final shape. Since Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah was not in town, he discussed the issue with Abd-us-Salam Dalal who held an important post in the organisation.

The visiting Congress leaders were greeted with shoes, stones and anti-Congress slogans near Musa Ghat in the old city.  The protests triggered off violence.

One person was killed and Abd-us-Salam was booked for murder. When Muhammad Yusuf Qureshi and Muhammad Ismail Sagar rushed to the spot to control their workers, rowdies led by Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad recognized the former and he was attacked with sharp-edged weapons. But he survived.

While the rioting wreaked havoc in the old city, a CID operative told Tayyab Shah that an arrest warrant had been issued against him. He left, and reached the headquarters of the Muslim Conference. But NC toughs attacked the office as well, and Peerzada had a narrow escape.

The 1947 arrangement came as a shock, and like most Muslim Conference workers, Shah found himself on the other side of Kashmir. He continued his activities there as well and worked for the welfare of migrants.

The government of Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) conferred an award on him for his services.

When Tayyab Shah passed away, a former PaK president, Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayoom Khan sent a message of condolence. It read: “The deceased was an important member of the Muslim Conference and the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir. He also worked tirelessly for Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. His efforts will not go waste. The nation will remember him and his services for ever.”

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