The Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) government has banned the sale and display of two books authored by pro-independence leader Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged inside Tihar Jail three decades ago.
Bhat’s two books are among the 16 books on Kashmir history that have been banned by the PoK government for.
“The sale, display and import of these books is banned,” the PoK based newspapers have quoted the official handout of PoK government.
“The books have been banned by the president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.”
The books include two written by the pro-independence Kashmiri leader and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged by the government inside Tihar jail in 1984. Bhat’s books that have been banned are ‘Mein Kaun Hoon? (Who am I)’ and ‘Srinagar Jail Say Farar Ki Kahani (The story of escape from the Srinagar jail)’.
One of the banned books is on the “life and struggle” of Bhat and authored by Shams Rehman. In past, the PoK government had also banned a book that comprised of letter written by Bhat to his friends and relatives.
The books that have been banned advocate an independent Kashmir, free from both India and Pakistan, an idea of which Bhat was a strong votary. Bhat was jailed in Pakistan and its Kashmir for several years for espousing the cause of an independent Kashmir.
Most of the other books that have been banned are authored by Mohammad Saeed Asad, the director of National Institute of Kashmir Studies (NIKS) Mirpur in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
In past, the international human rights watch dog ‘Human Rights Watch’ had revealed that the government of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) regularly “bans book that it considers to be prejudicial to the ideology of the state’s accession to Pakistan”.