Kashmir Politics

Holy Relic Theft

Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad relinquished his office in October 1963 under the Kamraj Plan and was succeeded by Shamshudin as the prime minister of theHoly Relic Theft- 1963 state (the nomenclature of PM was changed to Chief Minister in 1964). The theft of the holy relic from Hazratbal shrine in December 1963 led to a widespread mass upsurge and riots for a month till the holy relic was recovered and identified. By leading these widespread agitations, Mir Waiz Maulvi Farooq launched his career in Kashmir politics although he was only 19 years old. After the holy relic episode, G.M. Sadiq became the chief minister of the State.