PALANDARI : The Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan while paying great homage to Colonel Khan Mohammad Khan known as Baba-e-Poonch has described him as a great soldier, a lawmaker, an educationist and a social reformer par excellence.
“Late Col Khan was another Sir Syed Ahmed Khan of this region and was a true hero of the Kashmir liberation movement who had devoted his life for the promotion of literacy in the Poonch region and adjoining areas and later planned and successfully implemented a war strategy to overthrow the despotic Dogra rule in 1947,” AJK President said.
Highlighting various aspects of his public and private life, AJK President said Col Khan was the one who had launched “a handful of flour scheme” to pool resources for the establishment of educational institutions for the children who later become leading army generals, scientists, educationists and politicians.
“Thousands of young children who had studied at the late Khan’s Darul Aloom Taleemul Quran Pallandri was offering religious service at home and abroad,” he asserted and added we have not seen a personality of his stature in the last century,”
Sardar Masood Khan said that late Colonel Khan also had the honour of representing the people of Poonch region in the Kashmir’s State Legislature twice and despite being old aged, he had participated in the war of independence and fought at the frontline. He had always taught the lesson of reconciliation brotherhood, love and fraternity to the people, and had launched a campaign to motivate the people to give up using narcotics and naswar, and in this sense, he was a national asset of not only Azad Kashmir but Pakistan as well.
Urging the people urged people to follow in the footsteps of Col Khan, who adopted ethical principles in life and set an example for others, President Khan said that late leader had sowed the seed of religious harmony which is now a strong tree and is providing a shade over this whole region.
He said that the nation needs to once again inculcate the spirit of 1947 in order to liberate their enslaved brothers and sisters in occupied Kashmir from the Indian shackles, and this war will have to be fought in mountains, valleys and rivers, and the day was not far off when the Kashmiri people would enjoy freedom and liberty. About Gilgit Baltistan, the AJK president said that the entire political and the liberation leadership of Azad and occupied Kashmir Kashmir had a unanimous stand on this issue. A meeting of leaders of all political parties and the Hurriyat Conference chaired by Raja Farooq Haider recently had decided to hold dialogue with the leadership of Gilgit Baltistan.
Sardar Masood Khan said that a campus of Mirpur University of Science and Technology exists in Pallandri, and this campus would be upgraded as a full-fledged university very soon. Similarly, he maintained that a memorial of Col Khan Mohammad would be built shortly where his personal belongings and the weapons used by him would be displayed.