Maqbool Sherwani

Maqbool Sherwani was a Kashmiri Muslim youth and National Conference member[1] who delayed the march of Pakhtoon tribesmen from Pakistan and rebel forces (of then Jammu Kashmir State) in Baramulla in October 1947.[2] In this manner, he played an important role in buying time for Indian Sikh Regiment troops who landed in Srinagar once the accession was accepted.[2]

Role in October 1947Edit

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.[3]


In his memory, at Maqbool Sherwani Auditorium[4] and Mohammad Maqbool Sherwani Memorial in Baramulla, tributes are paid by Kashmiris and government officials.[5][6][7][8] The Balidan Stambh monument by Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry also bears the name of Maqbool Sherwani.[9] Writer Mulk Raj Anand wrote an account of Maqbool Sherwani's story in his novel, Death Of A Hero.[10] Anand's novel was adapted into an Indian television show, Maqbool Ki Vaapsi, which aired on DD Kashir in 2011.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Choudhry, Shabir (1 July 2013). Tribal Invasion and Kashmir: Pakistani Attempts to Capture Kashmir in 1947, Division of Kashmir and Terrorism. AuthorHouse. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9781481769808.
  2. ^ a b "Who changed the face of '47 war? - Times of India". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  3. ^ Chakravarty, Ipsita (27 October 2017). "The contested legacies of Maqbool Sherwani, the Kashmiri who stalled invaders in 1947". Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  4. ^ Maj Gen Raj Mehta (retd) (14 April 2019). "An ode to bravery". The Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  5. ^ "J&K Guv Lays Wreath At War Memorial in Baramulla". Outlook Magazine. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  6. ^ "JKFFA pays tributes to Abdul Darji, Maqbool Sherwani". State Times. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. ^ "GANDERBAL STUDENTS VISITED JAK LI REGIMENTAL CENTRE : Valley News". Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  8. ^ "It's Been 70 Years Since Tribal Forces Poured Into Kashmir". Kashmir Observer. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  9. ^ "A Monument of Sacrifice". Daily Excelsior. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  10. ^ George, C. J. (1 January 1994). Mulk Raj Anand, His Art and Concerns: A Study of His Non-autobiographical Novels. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. pp. 129–130. ISBN 9788171564453.
  11. ^ ""Maqbool Ki Vaapsi" Title Song". M S Azaad. 28 August 2012.