F.M. Khan - historian and a
veteran of Gilgit-Baltistan's
liberation war 1947.
The book was still in the press when the author died in Gilgit city. Habib Sulemani says: "I was contacted to compile and edit Mr. Khan's book. I worked hard on it as he was not in good health, and badly wanted to see his book published. The Pakistani style publication plus, as is said, haste makes waste, the proofreading and font errors couldn't be corrected at the other end."
"He is a voracious reader and a keen writer. His first article was published in 1959 in the Pakistan Times, entitled Songs of Fairies. He has written numerous articles on diversified subjects, which were published in the English language newspapers of Pakistan, including the Pakistan Times, the Muslim, the Nation and the Frontier Post.
"Being a widely traveled person, he has visited two-third countries of the world. He has the proud privilege of friendship with the top families of Pakistan like the Bhuttos and Sharifs. On the ancient, recent and contemporary history of the region, this is the first effort in English by a native."
|Jacket of the book published in 2002.|
Allama Ghafran’s The History of Chitral in Persian, Molvi Hashmatullah’s The History of Jammu, written in Urdu and F. M. Hassnain’s Gilgit: The Northern Gate of India, in English, are some very helpful books, but there is no authentic book available, especially in English language, which could deal with the detailed history of this mysterious land— now known as the Northern Areas of Pakistan [it has been changed to Gilgit-Baltistan since then].