How the Pakistan army was involved in the ‘tribal incursion’ of Kashmir in 1947-48
For those who are still under the delusion that Pakistan army wasn’t involved in the so-called “tribal incursion” of Kashmir in 1947-48, here is an old interview with Major General (Retired) Naseerullah Khan Babar.
Naseerullah Babar later served as the interior minister of Pakistan in the Benazir Bhutto government from 1993-1996. While most people remember Babar for his active role in starting the Taliban in Afghanistan and for aggressively fomenting the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, this interesting bit about his association in the 1947-48 Kashmir War caught my eye.
I would like to add that during my stay in PMA I volunteered for service in Kashmir and took part in the 1947–48 Kashmir War as commander of a Tribal Lashkar in Jul/Aug 1948 in the Poonch Sector.[link]
This is truly amazing because cadets still undergoing military training at Pakistan Military Academy actually volunteered and commanded tribal Lashkars in Kashmir in 1947-48. Understandably, the Zias, Mushharafs and Kayanis of the later era just built upon such glorious foundations laid in Pakistan Army by its founding fathers.
Of course, as this blog has argued earlier (here), it only goes on to prove that the Islamist jehad by Pakistan in Kashmir didn’t start in 1989. It started in 1947.