Kashmir’s Mujahid-e-Awwal – Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan
Today is the death anniversary of great Kashmiri leader Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan. On May 17th he passed away and left millions lamenting. Thrice he remained the President of Azad Kashmir and once Prime Minister.
From 1991 to 1996, it was my proud privilege to work with him as his Advisor. He was a great saint, illustrious scholar, fiery orator, strong administrator, positive politician and what not. His multi-faceted and multi-dimensional attributes made him a legendary personality. He wrote several books in English and Urdu on politics , religion, mysticism and Kashmir.
It is my proud privilege to have writen the Foreword of some of his English books on his wish. He was a great freedom fighter. He was the First Crusader who took up arms and announced Jehad against the Ruler of Kashmir Mahataja Hari Singh. I accompanied him in several international tours and attended Kashmir Conferences with him.
He was very committed to Kashmir Cause. He was a man with clean hands, clean mind and clean heart. He was humble , modest, liberal and uprighteous. He was one in millions. Alas; now we have pigmies and dwarfs in politics of Pakistan and Kashmir. Most of our leaders are morally , politically and financially corrupt. They are visionless.
Let us learn lesson from the life of Mujahid- e-Awwal. In his last days of life , he was admitted in Quaid-I-Azam Hospital , Sadar, Rawalpindi. I went to see him. The doctors told me that he did not recognize any one as he is half unconscious. I was especially permitted to see him in his room. The doctors were astonished When he opened his eyes and patted me on my head. It was a fascinating spiritual feat. His son Sardar Attique Khan also met me there. He turned no stone unturned to serve his father.
May Allah rest the soul of Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan in peace. Amen.