Maqbool Sherwani was a Kashmiri Muslim youth and National Conference member who delayed the march of Pakhtoon tribesmen from Pakistan and Pakistani Army personal disguised as tribesman in Baramulla in October 1947.In this manner, he played an important role in buying time for Indian troops who landed in Srinagar once the accession was accepted.
Role in October 1947
Maqbool spotted tribesmen planning to invade Kashmir. He misguided them to a wrong path when asked to guide them to the road to Srinagar Airport. He was crucified by the angry rebel forces when they realised that he misguided them to delay their march. Maqbool Sherwani is considered as a hero and martyr of Kashmir in India by National Conference and Indian Army.
In his memory, at Maqbool Sherwani Auditorium and Mohammad Maqbool Sherwani Memorial in Baramulla, tributes are paid by Kashmiris and government officials.The Balidan Stambh monument by Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry also bears the name of Maqbool Sherwani.Writer Mulk Raj Anand wrote an account of Maqbool Sherwani's story in his novel, Death Of A Hero.Anand's novel was adapted into an Indian television show, Maqbool Ki Vaapsi, which aired on DD Kashir in 2011.
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