Many Chitralis today do not know that H.H. Muzaffar-ul-Mulk was the first ruler in the entire Indian Empire to show his willingness to join Pakistan.
He made it clear to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah that he was going to join Pakistan after meeting him personally, as you can see in this historic photo. It was Mehtar H.H. Muzaffar-ul-Mulk whose deployment of the Chitral State Forces secured Skardu and the Neelum valleys for Pakistan. He did all this out of sheer love for the concept of Pakistan, about which his elder brother H.H. Nasir-ul-Mulk would correspond with Allama Iqbal, as you can see in this photo a handwritten letter by Allama Iqbal to his friend, the Mehtar of Chitral, in 1930; 17 years before the creation of Pakistan! Unfortunately today, some misguided Chitralis think that the Mehtars opposed Pakistan. But the fact is, our Mehtars made the most contribution to the creation of Pakistan among all other princely states in the whole northern region.—Junaid Saleh Hayat