Agha Shorish Kashmiri (1917–1975) was a popular scholar, writer, debater, and a leader of the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam party. He was a notable personality of the freedom movement of undivided India, as well as the chief editor of the weekly Chattan magazine, in the state of Pakistan.
Early life & career of Agha Shorish Kashmiri
Kashmiri initiated his political career in the year of 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 an active student of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, but was disappointed by the violence at the Shaheed Ganj Mosque in the yera of 1935.
Kashmiri was influenced 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. Agha Shorish Kashmiri was also impressed by his religious and political teacher (teacher meaning murshad in Urdu language) Ameer-e-Shariyyat Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari.
Kashmiri was appointed as the secretary General of All-India Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam in 1946. He played an impressive role in Tehreek-e-Khatme Nabuwwat in the year of 1974 during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s regime in Pakistan. In the year of 2014, the Punjab governor in Pakistan, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was speaking at a book-launching ceremony in the city of Lahore. This book was written about the late Agha Shorish Kashmiri’s life. The Punjab governor stated that he was a great journalist who had exposed oppression everywhere. Journalists today can learn a lot from him. The governor claimed that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan’s influence was depicted in Kashmiri’s writings and Attaullah Shah Bukhari’s influence in Kashmiri’s speech.