Mannan Wani stood for Jinnah, Pakistan and The Two Nation Theory
Mannan Wani (PhD scholar from Aligarh Muslim University and later commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen) was killed on 11th of this month in an encounter with Indian forces in Handwara. Mannan, who left his pen and decided to pick up gun to fight against the Indian rule, was very active on social media and other blogging sites before picking up arms. He was using Twitter under Twitter Handle @Mannanwani14 and had posted 677 tweets in three years till 8 September last year.Mannan was also using Facebook with username @MannanWani14 but, like that of Prof. Rafi Bhat, Mannan’s Facebook account was also taken down by Facebook authorities at the behest of the Indian government.
Mannan was a staunch supporter of Pakistan, Jinnah, and the ideology upon which Pakistan was created i.e. Islam and the Two Nation Theory. Although he told about this reality in his article on 15th September, 2018, where he said, “…Our cause is crystal clear, and let nobody feel confused. This is the leftover of partition and India has to go…”, his tweets say much more on this topic. Let me quote his words related to this topic.
On the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Mannan paid him tribute in following words;
“Those who conquer hearts can’t be remembered only for a single day. They are eternal with their thoughts, teachings and mission. #QuaideAzam” (25th December, 2016)
After the execution of Muti-ur-Rehman Nizami, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Bangladesh who stood for united Pakistan in 1971, on 11th May 2016, Mannan Wani called himself as Nizami. He wrote;
On Kashmir Solidarity Day, the day observed on 5th February as holiday across Pakistan to commemorate the issue of Kashmir, Mannan wrote;
While reminding Pakistan of its responsible role to play for Kashmir, Mannan criticizes Pakistani rulers for what he terms ‘political gimmick’.
At the same time Mannan seems to be hopeful and believing that the stability of Pakistan is prerequisite for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Mannan was a student activist during his university days. Being a sensitive student and living in Aligarh which falls in Uttar Pradesh state of India, he felt the pain of Dadri lynching case. Mannan believes it to be one of the episodes of collective organized communal attitude of state.
In a reply to Mr.Rajdeep Sardesai, a senior Indian journalist, Mannan Wani wrote;
At another instance, Mannan writes about the growing intolerance which has made the genuine Indian intellectual alien in their own land. Arundhati Roy, who has been vocal and supportive for Kashmir’s right to self-determination movement was told ‘go to Pakistan or Kashmir’ by Hindu nationalists.
Like most of the Kashmiris, Mannan Wani was also a big fan of Pakistan cricket team. During the ICC World T20 played in India in 2016, Dr. Mannan wrote;
After Shahid Khan Afridi thanked Kashmiris for supporting Pakistani team inside Indian grounds, Mannan commented;
When Indian media was making Afridi’s statement controversial, Mannan responded them in following words;
Similarly, before India-Pak match, he tweeted,
It is pertinent to mention that in past many Kashmiris studying in India have been booked under sedition charges for supporting Pakistan cricket team.
Before a test match between Pakistan and England, he said;
As I have already mentioned that Facebook account of Mannan Wani has been removed by authorities. His article also was removed from different sites including CNS itself. Therefore, I request every Kashmiri to look at his Twitter account and journalist community in Kashmir to publish his writings on Twitter in different newspapers and magazines in order to protect them from being lost like the stuff he had posted on his Facebook account, as soon as possible.
Author can be mailed at email@example.com.
Disclaimer: Views expressed are exclusively personal and do not necessarily reflect the position or editorial policy of Oracle Opinions.