Agha Shorish Kashmiri

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Agha Shorish Kashmiri
Born Abdul Karim
14 August 1917
Lahore, British India
Died 25 October 1975(1975-10-25)
Lahore, Pakistan
Pen name Shorish
Occupation Journalist, orator, poet, political activist, historian
Nationality Pakistani
Citizenship Pakistani
Genre Nazm poetry and newsmagazine editor

Agha Shorish Kashmiri (1917–1975) was a scholar, writer, debater, and a leader of the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam party. He was a figure of the freedom movement of undivided India, as well as the chief editor of the weekly Chattan magazine, in Pakistan.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kashmiri started his political career in 1935 when he delivered a historical speech at the Shaheed Ganj Mosque conference, when Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was serving as the President of Ahrar Party, India. He was a student of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, but was disappointed by the violence at the Shaheed Ganj Mosque in 1935.[2]

Kashmiri was impressed by Chaudhry Afzal Haq as well, who was a political leader of the Indian sub-continent, so he joined All-India Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam and the struggle for Ahrar Party. Kashmiri was also impressed by his religious and political teacher (teacher meaning murshad in Urdu language) Ameer-e-Shariyyat Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari.[3]

Kashmiri was elected as secretary General of All-India Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam in 1946. He played a role in Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat in 1974 during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's regime in Pakistan.[4] In 2014, the Punjab governor in Pakistan, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was speaking at a book-launching ceremony in Lahore. This book was written about the late Agha Shorish Kashmiri's life. The Punjab governor said that he was a great journalist who had exposed oppression everywhere. Journalists today can learn a lot from him. The governor said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan's influence was reflected in Kashmiri's writings and Attaullah Shah Bukhari's influence in Kashmiri's speech.[5]


  1. ^ Aḥmad, Bashīr (1994). The Ahmadiyya Movement. Islamic Study Forum. pp. 356–358. OCLC 46733666. 
  2. ^ Mirza, Janbaz (1940). Masla Masjid Shaheed Ganj. Maktaba Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam. pp. 161–169. 
  3. ^, Profile and poetry of Agha Shorish Kashmiri on website, Retrieved 6 June 2016
  4. ^, Agha Shorish Kashmiri's public speech in Pakistan on YouTube, Retrieved 6 June 2016
  5. ^, A book-launching ceremony written about Agha Shorish Kashmiri's life in 2014, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 15 May 2014, Retrieved 6 June 2016