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Agha Showkat Ali’s tryst with civil service

Published by August 29, 2014 1:40 am

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Begum Zafar Ali accompanied her father to Nishat where they had an audience with Quad-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. While her father remained engaged with Jinnah, Begum watched it from distance exchanging greetings with Miss Fatimah Jinnah. The meeting left a deep impression upon Begum Zafar Ali. After few days she met Jinnah again in a... View Article


Kashmir’s Accession and Elusive Peace

Published by August 28, 2014 9:02 pm

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Peace in Kashmir has proved a veritable enigma ever since the then monarch signed the instrument of accession with India on 26th October, 1947 surrendering its defense, foreign affairs and communication in the wake of precarious security situation. A tribal aggression had engulfed Kashmir which brought the Hari Singh government down to its knees. In... View Article


Jinnah’s politics

Published by August 28, 2014 6:49 pm

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When Mohammad Ali Jinnah entered the politics of British India, the Muslim League did not exist then. However a reawakened Muslim consciousness was certainly present, as were those very first stirrings of demands for more authority. It was the turn of the century; Great Britain was at the height of its imperial glory. A impecunious... View Article


Stauffenberg’s journal

Published by August 28, 2014 5:53 pm

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Of course, not everyone in the Hitler’s Nazi Germany was supportive of the acts and violence carried by their extremist leader; there were at least seventeen assassination attempts on Hitler’s life during the second world war. Among these unsuccessful attempts to murder the rogue leader was the “20th July Plot” in which Hitler had a... View Article


Sir Iqbal’s letter to Jinnah II

Published by August 28, 2014 5:47 pm

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Private and Confidential Lahore June 21st, 1937 My dear Mr. Jinnah, Thank you so much for your letter which I received yesterday. I know you are a busy man; but I do hope you won’t mind my writing to you so often, as you are the only Muslim in India today to whom the community... View Article


Sir Iqbal’s letter to Jinnah

Published by August 28, 2014 5:43 pm

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28th May, 1937 My dear Mr. Jinnah, Thank you so much for your letter which reached me in due course. I am glad to hear that you will bear in mind what I wrote to you about the changes in the constitution and programme of the League. I have no doubt that you fully realise... View Article


Nehru’s Telegrams

Published by August 28, 2014 5:22 pm

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On October 27, 1947 Indian Troops Indian troops landed in Jammu & Kashmir. Jawaharlal Nehru (then Prime Minister of India) dispatched two telegrams; one to British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee and other to Liaqat Ali Khan on October 26 & 27, 1947 respectively. Excerpts of telegram dated 26 October, 1947 from Jawaharlal Nehru to the British Prime... View Article


Martyr’s day in Kashmir

Published by August 28, 2014 4:18 pm

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On 13th of July thousands of Muslims assembled outside the Central Jail and demanded permission to enter the compound and allow Muslim reps to watch the proceedings of the trial. Authorities’ refusal to entertain these demands caused the situation to turn grave. The situation became confrontational when the crowd attempted to force its entry into... View Article


Maharaja Hari Singh’s letter to Mountbatten

Published by August 28, 2014 2:58 pm

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My dear Lord Mountbatten, I have to inform Your Excellency that a grave emergency has arisen in my State and request the immediate assistance of your Government. As Your Excellency is aware, the State of Jammu and Kashmir has not acceded to either the Dominion of India or Pakistan. Geographically my State is contiguous wit... View Article


Waiting in Kashmir’s Dardupra

Published by August 28, 2014 2:47 pm

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“Beneath the mother’s feet and in the mortherland lies heaven”. But Dardpura, a border village in Kashmir, seems to be a world different from the rest. Zaytoon, a middle aged widow, has two daughters and a son. Her husband Samad Khan died in August 2003 leaving behind three children.  Zaytoon is dumb and deaf. Her... View Article