11 sayings of Maqbool Butt

“My only crime is that I have rebelled against the forces of obscurantism, ignorance, greed, exploitation, slavery, nepotism and hypocrisy.”

1 – CONFESSION OF MAQBOOL BHAT

“My only crime is that I have rebelled against the forces of obscurantism, ignorance, greed, exploitation, slavery, nepotism and hypocrisy.”

maqbool butt during in prison in cort Lakhpat Jail Lahore, Pakistan

2 – WE NEED SUPORT NOT SLAVERY

“ We would welcome support from our friends but on the basis of mutual friendship and dignity not on the basis of control and superiority.”

3 – WHAT DOES AZADI MEAN?

“By liberation we don’t mean merely the end of foreign occupation from the land of Kashmir but we want our people to be liberated from the forces of poverty, backwardness, ignorance, diseases, injustice and economic and social disparities. One day we will achieve that freedom”.

4 – ENLIGHTEN YOUR MINDS

“Emancipate your minds from the thoughts of slavery and break the chains of tribalism. Come out of the illusions of tribes and prepare yourself for the liberation, independence and dignity in your motherland Kashmir”.

Meeting with Bhutto at Mangla Mir Pur Pakistan Administrated JK

5 – KASHMIRIS SPEAK UP EVERYWHERE

“We have to build our freedom struggle on such lines that our voices are echoed in the powerhouses of the occupiers and the whole world bear witness to our commitment to the cause of freedom.”

6 – FESTIVAL OF LIBERATION LIGHTS

“What can be the juncture of greater happiness for me than the fact that not only the cruelty and suppression have failed to put the candles of hope we lit with our blood away but actually they have lit many more. If this process continued the day is not far when the entire country will shine up and then we will rightly name it the Festival of Liberation Lights.”

A rare speech of Muhammad Maqbool Butt, at Mirpur in 1971

7 – IT IS WHAT WE DO not WHAT WE SAY

“Struggle is the field where not only the associates and opponents become exposed but also the hypocrites”

8 – CONCISOUS LIFE

“The best life for those who claim to achieve and promote the truth is to gain the true consciousness and then in the light of this consciousness improve the individual and collective life”

9 – IDENTITY

“ Several factors contribute to the construction of the national identity of a country. It (national identity) does not come into being through mere claims of someone nor does it evaporates only by someone giving it up. The construction of national identity is a blessing of nature and once constructed no power on earth can eradicate it. Therefore for us even the thought of giving up national identity and the related concept of fragmentation of our country is like a great sin.

10 – PEACE

“Who in the world would not want peace and stability? However, it is important to distinguish between the peace of graveyard and that of peacefully flowing life and society. The peace that is achieved under the shadows of fear and terror and for which we have to suppress our aspirations and contaminate our minds is not peace but the death warrant.”

With Hashim Qurashi, A leading role of Ganga Hijacking.

11 – LAST WISH

“As my last wish, I would like to ask all my friends who share the vision with me to stay put and carry on with the struggle for the common purpose no matter how severe the conditions become. I firmly believe that one day we will achieve liberation.”

His First and Last love was Kashmir

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