Kaba Khan, the Administrator of Gurez

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Gurez 1947

While fixing the new demarcation line in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by both Indian and Pakistani governments, the people in Northern Areas [Gilgit and Baltistan] had an option to join Pakistan but few of them deliberately opted for Indian side. Over 1300 persons crossed the demarcation line to live in the territory under India. In this picture of 1949, these are some refugees from Northen Areas who lived on in Gurez, in the north of Kashmir Valley. On the extreme left is Kaba Khan, also known as ‘Jail Baba’ who earlier served as Administrator of Gurez.

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