In 1938, when Jinnah came to Srinagar to meet the local leaders, including Maulvi Yusuf Shah and Sheikh Abdullah, the latter, who had by then left the Muslim Conference and started the new 'National' conference, arranged for a garland of old shoes to be presented to Jinnah, as a form of spite for Jinnah's rejection of Abdullah's absolute authority in deciding the fate of
the Kashmiri nation. This convinced Jinnah that Abdullah was bent on joining Kashmir with India, and to forestall such a disaster, and in a panic, managed to send the Qabali raiders, calling them 'Mujahidin', to liberate Kashmir.
Mohammed Ali Jinnah last visited Kashmir in May 1944, and was received at suchetgarh by Ch Ghulam Abbas, AR Saghar and Guham Abbas on behalf of Muslim Conference and Bakhshi Ghulam Mohammed on behalf of National Conference.
But when as a result of Gandhi,s visit to Kashmir and other pressures on the Maharaja, Prime Minister Kak was sacked and the Maharaja was seen as getting closer to India. It was during second week of October 1947 that Mohammed Ali Jinnah expressed his desire to visit Kashmir, and sent Col. Shah to meet the Maharaja.