This mother gave 4 sons to Kashmir cause

Srinagar, February 11, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Shahmali Begum, 85, the mother of Muhammad Maqbool Butt, has become cradle of resistance as she has sacrificed four sons and endured immense hardships over the past several decades. Miseries started for her when Maqbool Butt was arrested.

Habibullah Butt, Maqbool’s younger brother who was also affiliated with the Kashmir cause was subjected to enforced disappearance in 1976 when he was a 12th class student. That time Maqbool Butt was in jail. Maqbool’s another brother, Ghulam Nabi Butt was found dead on November 18, 1994, in Chanapora area of Srinagar. He had head injuries on his body and his death was termed by authorities as an accident.

Another son of the family, Manzoor, a divisional commander of JKLF, was killed in an encounter with Indian troops on October 4, 1995, in Trehgam, Kupwara. Shahmali Begum in a media interview said that the mission of Muhammad Maqbool Butt would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.

Ailing Shahmali Begum said that she was proud that she had sacrificed her four sons for the Kashmir cause. “People of Kashmir are continuing their struggle and would continue it till we achieve the goal…Every Kashmiri is contributing towards the struggle and this mission is moving ahead steadily,” he said.

“There is a Maqbool Butt in every house of Kashmir,” said Shahmali, adding, “No one is letting this struggle down, and I hope no one will.” Zahoor Butt, the only surviving brother of Maqbool, has been detained six times under draconian law, Public Safety Act, for his affiliation with the ongoing freedom movement. Muhammad Maqbool Butt was born in Trehgam area of Kupwara on February 18, 1938. He was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1984 and was buried in the premises of the prison.

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