Babrra massacre

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The Babrra massacre occurred on 12 August 1948 in the Charsadda District of the North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pukhtunkhwa) of Pakistan, when unarmed workers of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement were fired upon by the provincial government[1] on the orders of the then Chief Minister Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan.[2] The protest was against the promulgation of Public Safety Ordinance by the provincial governor and the resulting arrests of Khudai Khidmatgar leaders and confiscations of properties.[3] Different sources stating different number of people (over 60 to 100) who were killed in this massacre. Among these victims there were also women who rushed to the scene to save their men. More than 120 people were injured.[4] [5][6] The government forced the heirs of the martyrs to pay Rs. 11,395 for the 56,000 bullets their beloved were killed with. Rs. 50,000 were received as fine from the people of Babrra. These were the figures from the government files.[7]


  1. ^ Miscreants and militants DAWN. Retrieved September 15, 2008
  2. ^ Pakistan: History and Politics, 1947-1971 (1 April 2002) by M.Rafique Afzal p38 OUP Pakistan ISBN 0-19-579634-9
  3. ^ نن بابړه کې د وژل شوؤ سوؤنو پښتنو ورځ نمانځل کیږي - VoA
  4. ^ زه بابړه یم - Noor ul Bashar Naveed
  5. ^ M.S. Korejo (1993). The Frontier Gandhi: His Place in History. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  6. ^ Afzal, M.Rafique (1 April 2002) Pakistan: History and Politics, 1947–1971.p38 OUP Pakistan ISBN 0-19-579634-9
  7. ^ زه بابړه یم - Noor ul Bashar Naveed

Further reading[edit]

  • Gandhi, Rajmohan (2004) Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns, Penguin Books India, New Delhi.
  • Khan, Khan Abdul Ghaffar (1969), My Life and Struggle, hind Pocket Books, Delhi.