January 27, 2005

Maqbool Bhat, an enigma? Nah, he was just another selfish guy.

Maqbool Bhat, an enigma? Nah, he was just another selfish guy.

By Samvit Rawal (A Kashmiri Pandit writer in exile)

Maqbool was not a freedom fighter as is being made out by his followers. He was a simple selfish man. He neither had the intellect nor the foresight. The fact of the matter is that Maqbool Bhat was an ordinary man who made his money by spying on two different nations. If Yaseer Latif Hamdani had opened history books of the ISI he would have found that Maqbool Bhat was an Indian spy. He was on the rolls of the Indian intelligence services. His main job was to gather information about the troop movement in the Tangdhar, Kishenganga, Kupwara and other sectors.
It was during this time that he was caught by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. They would have crucified him. But Maqbool Bhat was smart, he garnered a deal with the Pakistani agency by working for them. This is where Maqbool Bhat's fate took a turn.

Although he still continued to be on the rolls of the Indian agencies he started working for both, the Indian as well as the Pakistani agencies.
Somehow after a period of time, the counter intelligence department of the Government of India came to know that Maqbool Bhat had double-crossed them. This was discovered by the counter intelligence agent called Amar Chand. One day in the jungles of Baramullah, Amar Chand caught Maqbool Bhat red handed trying to pass on some secret information to the Pakistanis by using sign language. A fight ensued in which Maqbool Bhat shot Amar Chand dead.

Now there was no option left for Maqbool Bhat. By now the Indian intelligence had confirmed evidence that Bhat had double-crossed them. Maqbool Bhat escaped to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. There he came in touch with Amanullah Khan. Both of them made money bigtime among themselves.


After a few years Amanullah Khan left for England where his group JKLF kidnapped the Indian diplomat, Ravinder Mhatre. The plan was that they would kidnap the Indian High Commissioner Ravinder Mhatre and then make the Indian government bend backwards. Unfortunately they did not realise that they were committing the crime on the British soil. The British government did not relent to the demand of JKLF. Mhatre was murdered and the police found evidence leading to Amanullah Khan and Maqbool Bhat. This led to the capital punishment of Bhat. Maqbool Bhat was a product of the Jamiat-i-Islamia. He and his group taught hatred. Initially they were the darlings of the Pakistani ISI but when they talked about an independent Kashmir (which was not in the interest of Pakistan), the ISI started promoting groups like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashker-i-Toiba, Allah Tigers, Zarb-e-Momin and the like. Some of the Afgan mercenaries were also diverted towards Kashmir. This was a hilarious thing since these Afghan "Mujahideens" could not do anything in their own country. Unfortunately for the Kashmiri Muslims who had invited the mercenary guests to fight their war, the Afghans indulged in rapes and molestation of the local women. The Afghans also bought the deadly disease AIDS with them. Now Kashmir valley boasts of a sizeable number of AIDS patients, thanks to the Afghans.


Maqbool Bhat and his cronies in the JKLF were dead against the Kashmiri Pandits just because they did not share their religious beliefs. They murdered the Pandits in cold blood. It is ironical that the Kashmiri Pandits are the original inhabitants of Kashmir Valley. The Moslems of the valley are all converts. The main reason of the terrorism started by Maqbool Bhat was that they wanted to Islamise the whole valley. The process was initiated under General Zia-ul-Haq and was called Operation Topac.


There can only be two solution of the Kashmir problem. One is that it goes back to the 1989 position where the Kashmiri Pandits and the Muslims were living in peace. The second option is that the Indian Kashmir is divided into two parts (both remain with India) but one part will be given to the Pandits where the gun loving Moslems will not be allowed. The second option seems more viable because Kashmiri Moslems have too much Pandit blood on their hands and the Pandits are not willing to forgive.

The war for Kashmir has just started but it will take ages for it to subside. Either the Mulsims will have to learn to live in peace with the pandits or they will have to carve a separate niche for themselves because post 9/11 no one trusts the moslems.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great, This is the best article I have read in years on Maqbool Bhat. I am really greatfull to you for opening my eyes to reality. Very well definied

Anonymous said...

just a bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Dear Samvit
Little knowledge is dangerous.The story you have presented looks like a script of B grade bollywood movie.Come out of the shadow and do an independent research on Maqbool Bhat rather than relying on Fabricated stories spread by biasedIndia media.Maqbool Bhat suffered equally from Indians as well as from Pakistanis.He was not a double agent, he wanted Kashmir to be an Independent country,so was thorn in the eye for Indians and Pakistanis alike.The solution you have presented,division of Kashmir between Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Muslims will have no takers,enlarge you vision.

Anonymous said...

To learn facts about Maqbool bhat please read this article,the speech Maqbool Bhat gave in Pakistani court,it will give you a fair idea about Maqbool bhat legacy.http://www.kashmir-hr.net/mainfile.php/v1n4/228/

waseem yousuf said...

Dear Samvit Rawal
you pandits have problem and you all are cowards you are known to do nothing but hatch conspiracies behind curtains. you claim to be kashmiris but never in the entire history of kashmir you sided with oressed but choose the side of powerfull for ur own benefit. even against dogra regime which were autocratic and biased you didn't supported muslims except few you have always dithched ur kashmiri muslim bretheren. India promised plebscite in kashmir but when kashmiris reminded India of its promise they were buthchered again on the directions of mufti sayed and Jagmohan you left onlty to pave way for mass scale kiillings of muslims by indian troops.
you all are responsible for one lakh killings in kashmir.
you fools India is using you just a cannon fooder to malign our geninue struggle for right of self determination. many occasions it has been proved troops were responsible of killings pandits when some international dignatories visited india just to give bad name to our movement. even local pandits back here acknlwledge this.
Regarding Shaheeed Maqbool bhat i think you ahve peotrayed him through your jaundiced visiion.
He is our father of nation. he is heartthrob of every kashmiri. your foolish comments which are ill motivated canot hide the truth.

Anonymous said...

in ur next post...plz write if u know ur father's name....i wud like to knw it

Anonymous said...

Very well written article. This is one of the complete, indepth articles that I have read about Mr Bhat. I am a journalist from England and I know how difficult it is to write about Maqbool when you are a Kashmiri.

Anonymous said...

I wish i wud get one day to run a roller coaster in kashmir. Muslims are dangerous people. They sh be wiped outcompletely. They have created problems all over the world. Bastards

Anonymous said...

Very well written article. Calls a spade a spade!!