The government of Pakistan administered Kashmir (Pak)—most commonly known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)—has imposed ban on 16 books written by pro freedom authors including two penned by Maqbool Butt, JKLF founding leader who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984.
A government notification, issued here by home department here on Monday, describes “containing objectionable material’’ as a reason of the bane on the books of different pro-independence writers and political leaders.
The banned include 6 books and booklets written and compiled by Muhammad Saeed Assad—an author and government officer, recently removed for service under Special Power Act, for writing the books and compiling (objectionable) map of Kashmir. Assad’s banned books are: Jammu Kashmir (Book of Knowledge), English and Urdu editions, Kashmiriat: Knowledge of Jammu kashmir, Wounded Memory, Kashmir & partition of India, Guide Map of Poonch Division and Map of Jammu Kashmir.
Other books include Maqbool Butt (The life & struggle), by Shamas Rehman, Jammu Kashmir Tareekh k Ainay Mein and Masla Jammu Kashmir by Professor Muhammad Arif Khan, Mirpur per Jab Qiamat toot Pari by Ball K Guppta, Kashmir Salateen Kay Ehad men (Kashmir in the era of Muslim Sultans) by Muhibullah Hassan and Masla Kashmir (Talakh Haqaiq) (Kashmir issue-Bitter Facts) by Dr. Shabir Choudhary, while two of Maqbool Butt’s books are Srinagar Jail se Farar Ki Kahani (The story of escape from Srinagar prison) and Men kon hon (who am I).
These books are written by nationalist authors and political leaders and—as PaK government presumes—containing the material which “instigates readers towards nationalism” and “poses threats to national integrity” through “misguidance of masses.”