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Friday, 13 February 2015
Seminar in British Parliament held to mark the death anniversary of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru

Seminar in British Parliament held to mark the death anniversary of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru

London (13 February 2015) In a Commons Seminar held to mark the death anniversary of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru, speakers paid rich tribute to the life and struggle of the Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt and called it an inhuman act to keep mortals remains imprisoned after their hanging. And called upon Indian government to rethink its position with regard to their burial. A joint letter signed by 60 members of parliament was sent to the President of India to ask him to authorize the release of Kashmiri leader's remains to be taken to Kashmir for Islamic burial.

Speaking at the Seminar, the the leader of the Respect Party, George Galloway MP, the most outspoken critic of Isreali atrocities said that he was astounded to hear the plight of the mothers whose sons have been buried in secret. " Israel has done many bad things but even Israel does not keep dead bodies imprisoned". Other members of Parliament who spoke at the seminar, including Yasmin Qureshi MP and John Hemming MP, said that they fully backed the campaign to have the mortal remains of two Kashmiri martyrs released from Tihar jail to be buried in Kashmir. They said that they did not understand why Indian government had taken this decision and what they feared from allowing the Kashmiri leader to be buried in Kashmir.
The host of the seminar, Raja Najabat Hussain of the Kashmir Self-determination Movement echoed their sentiments and thanked members of parliament for their support and said that Kashmiri people should not feel that they alone or no one is listening to them.

A human rights campaigner and lecturer of International Politics at the University of Westminister, Dr Debyesh Anand, analysed in detail Maqbool Butt's lifelong struggle and why India feared from him and hanged him to silence his dream for independence. He said that Kashmiri nation and diaspora needs to be clear about where they want to take this movement and how they are going to achieve their goal.

JKLF president in UK , Azmat Khan, highlighting Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru's struggle for their nation and for the dream of independent Kashmir said that Maqbool Butt was let down by his friends such as Farooq Abdullah and Muzafar Baig in his hour of need but now Indian parliamentarians and other human rights champions have started to speak out against the injustice done to them. He said Maqbool Butt, who was charged as a Indian agent by Pakistan and ironically India hanged him for the being 'enemy agent', was a visionary leader who had no opportunity to defend his case in courts but knew that his hanging would wake up his nation. He said that Afzal Guru, was a simple follower of Maqbool Butt's dream and was hanged because India needed a scapegoat. 

A film maker, Talat But, screened a documentary on the plight of Maqbool Butt's ailing mother and her last wish to see his son buried in Kashmir. A Rochdale Councillor, Dalat Ali and London Councillor Mehmood Hussain questioned the legal process to claim their mortal remains and called on the Indian and international human rights organization as well as Paksitani government and NGO's to intervene to end the agony of Kashmiri mothers. Among other speakers were several Kashmiri women including Ms Sarah Quyyum, Miss Saima Yousaf who paid rich tribute to the Kashmiri martyrs and called on world community to do more for Kashmir


Press Secretary,

JKLF UK & Europe Zone

Thursday, 12 February 2015
Call for return of Maqbool Butt's mortal remains received international backing

Call for return of Maqbool Butt's mortal remains received international backing

London, 12 February 2015

The call for return of Maqbool Butt's mortals remains received international backing on Wednesday, on his 31st death anniversary, when members of the British and European Parliament joined the campaign and signed a petition for the President of India to order the release of mortal remains of Shaheed-e Kashmir to his family in Kashmir

The petition was handed to the Indian High Commissioner by JKLF campaigners and a copy was delivered to 10 Downing Street, for the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to intervene for the repatriation of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru on humanitarian grounds. (see attached letter and petition for details )

The chair of the All Parties Kashmir Parliamentary Group, Andrew Griffiths MP, vice chair Debbie Abrahams MP, Raja Najabat Hussain Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement (Europe) and Azmat A Khan, President Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front UK & EU presented a joint letter to Downing Street. Andrew Griffiths and Debbie Abrahams assured Kashmiri people of their continued support from friends of Kashmir in British Parliament for their right to self-determination.




Press Secretary,
JKLF UK and Europe Zone


Memorandum to the Prime Minister of United Kingdom on the occasion of  the 31st death anniversary of the Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt.

Date: 11 February, 2015

To                                                                                                        
The Prime Minister
Rt. Hon David Cameron
10 Downing St, London


Dear Prime Minister

On behalf of the large British Kashmiri community, who are deeply concerned over the continued conflict, human rights violations and the denial of the internationally pledged right of self-determination to the people of  Jammu-Kashmir, we would like to bring to your attention another unique case of human rights violation in Indian occupied Kashmir.

It has been 31 years since the Indian government executed the Kashmiri independence leader Maqbool Butt on 11th February, 1984, despite international pleas for clemency, and buried him inside Tihar jail where he was executed, without allowing his immediate family to claim his body (see attached details). 11 February is marked as a Black Day in Kashmir every year and thousands of Kashmiris take out processions and protest rallies to mark his death anniversary, including UK Kashmiris who are once again protesting at the Indian High Commission in London today. Over the last 30 years they have been demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt for a proper burial in Kashmir. Last year,  the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir wrote to the president of India to persuade the Indian government to reconsider the matter. All pleas have fallen on deaf ears so far.

We enclose a copy of the joint letter signed by 60 UK and European members of parliament who have joined the campaign to seek the return of mortal remains of the Kashmir leader.

We call upon your office today to plead with you to intervene on humanitarian basis and to exert pressure through diplomatic channels on behalf of UK Kashmiris for the Indian government to allow Maqbool Butt’s ailing mother or his children to remove his mortal remains from Tihar jail to be buried Kashmir.

We look forward to hearing from you favourably.


Yours sincerely ;

Andrew Griffiths, MP  - Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir
Debbie Abrahams, MP – Vice Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir
Azmat A. Khan – President Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (UK & Europe) 
Raja Najabat Hussain   Chair Jammu Kashmir Self-Determination Movement (UK)



Wednesday, 11 February 2015
31st Anniversary of Maqbool Butt: Protest in London (11 February 2015)

31st Anniversary of Maqbool Butt: Protest in London (11 February 2015)

London (11 February 2015)

To mark the 31st martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt Shaheed, JKLF UK & Europe Zone organized a protest rally in front of Indian High commission in London. Hundreds of people including women and children from different cities of United Kingdom participated. Protesters shouted slogans of “Stop Killings in Kashmir”, “Handover remains of Maqbool Butt”, “Handover body of Afzal Guru” and in favour of complete independence of Jammu Kashmir.

On this occasion “Torch of Peace” campaign vehicle also drew around UK Parliament, High Commissions, Downing Street (British PM office) and many other important government offices. The vehicles which have been decorated with banners, highlighting Human Rights violations in Kashmir drew lot of attention from the public and present in London.

A petition signed by 60 British & European Union Parliamentarians was also presented to the officials of the high commission on this occasion. The petition asked the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to handover the mortal remain of Maqbool Butt Shaheed to his relatives for proper burial.

Speaking on this occasion, JKLF President in Britain, Prof Azmat Khan, paid rich tributes to Maqbool Butt Shaheed and said that the only way forward for Kashmiri nation is to follow the teachings in practical terms and the ideology of this great Kashmiri leader.

The petition was handed to Indian Authorietis by Prof Azamat Khan, Prof Zafar Khan, Showkat Maqbool Butt (son of Shaheed Maqbool Butt), Sadiq Subhani, Najib Afsar and Irshad Malik. .


On behald of
Press Secretary,
JKLF UK & Europe Zone                     








Joint Letter to the President of India, Parnab Mukherjee
From the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir - UK

We the undersigned members of parliament would like to appeal to your office to order the mortal remains of Kashmiri leader, Maqool Butt, who was executed in Tihar jail, on 11th February, 1984 and buried within the jail premises, to be handed back to his family in Kashmir or to his children living in Pakistan
We make this appeal on humanitarian grounds as Maqbool Butt’s family members were not allowed to see him at the time of his execution and have waited long enough to receive his dead body for a decent burial in Kashmir.  
Signed:
Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP (Manchester)              
Lord Nazir Ahmed                       
Sajjad Karim, MEP
Stuart Andrew, MP (Pudsey)    
Lord Qurban Hussain   
Linda McAvan, MEP   
David Ward, MP  (Bradford)                      
Lord Bill McKenzie
Timothy Kirkhope, MEP
Debbie Abrahams, MP (Oldham)                     
Jason McCartney, MP (Colne Valley)
Glenis Wilmott, MEP
Craig Whittaker, MP (Calder Valley)
Gavin Shuker, MP  (Luton)                         
Afzal Khan, MEP         
Simon Reevell MP, (Dewsbury)
Baroness Beverley Hughes       
Julie Ward, MEP
Lady Sarah Ludford, MEP             
Shabana Mahmood, MP Birmingham)
Ian Austin, MP (Dudley)
Alec Shelbrook, MP (Rothwell)
Phil Bennion, MEP            
Paul Nuttall, MEP
Fiona Mctaggart , MP (Slough)                       
Nick Dakin, MP (Scunthorpe)
Jonathan Lord, MP (Woking)
Andrew Stephenson, MP (Pendle)                       
Kelvin Hopkins, MP (Luton)
Sarah Champion, MP (Rotherham)
George Galloway, MP (Bradford)                 
Stephen Timms, MP (EastHam)   
Paul Bloomfield, MP (Sheffield)
George Moody, MP (Leeds W)
Hillary Benn, MP (Leeds C)     
Richard Fuller, MP (Bedford)
Yasmin Qureshi, MP (Bolton)
Arlene McCarthy, MEP
Linda Riordan, MP (Halifax)
Steve Baker, MP (Wycombe)                        
Khalid Mahmood MP, (Birmingham)
Andrew Griffiths, MP (Burton)
John Hemming, MP (Birmingham)
Chris Leslie, MP (Nottingham)
Graham Stringer, MP (Manchester)
David Blunkett, MP (Sheffield)                     
Rebecca Taylor, MEP
Lucy Powell, MP (Manchester)
David Nuttall, MP (Bury)          
Vernon Coaker, MP (Gedling)  
Dave Anderson, MP (Blaydon)
Edward McMillan Scott, MEP
Simon Danczuk, MP (Rochdale)
John Cryer, MP (Leytonstone)            
Richard Harrington, MP (Watford)                 
Lillian Greenwood, MP (Nottingham)
Kate Green, MP (Stretford)
Philip Davies, MP (Shipley)
Julie Hilling, MP (Bolton)                     
Mike Wood, MP (Batley & Spen)
      
Background Information
India and Pakistan continue to occupy parts of Jammu-Kashmir since 1947, when the British Raj was withdrawn, despite UN agreement and resolutions that have called for ceasation of hostilities and withdrawal of their forces. Over the past 3 decades India has tried to crush the freedom movement in Kashmir by using brutal force and draconian laws. Estimated  90,000 Kashmiri men, women and children have been killed and many of them buried in unmarked mass graves since the popular uprising in 1989.  Thousands have disappeared and many hundereds of Kashmiris are languishing in Indian jails without trial. The history of torture, rape and extra judical killings at the hands of Indian security forces is well documented. (Google: Human rights in Kashmir).     
Several of the pro-independence leaders are have been killed or imprisoned.  In 1984, Maqbool Butt, Kashmir’s most revered leader of the independence movement and a former ‘prisoner of conscience’,  who was imprisoned in Pakistan for his radical views and was labelled as an ‘enemy agent’ there, was hanged by India on 11 February, 1984, exactly one week before his 46th birthday.  He was executed inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail where he had been imprisoned for 8 years awaiting trial of a politically motivated case against him.  According to Amnesty International Annual Report (1978), who campaigned for his release from prison for many years, he had been sentenced to death for a murder charge under section 3 of the ‘Enemy Agents Ordinance’ and sentenced in absentia. 

 
In its annual report in 1982, Amnesty International highlighted this case again and stated that “members of political parties have been sentenced to death following conviction for murder”. The death penalty imposed on Maqbool Butt by a Srinagar High Court judge some 14 years earlier  was a cause for concern to AI as there was no apparent appeal for such a sentence under the draconian law.  In its 2008 report entitled, ‘Lethal Lottery; Death Penalty in India’, Amnesty International highlighted the missing record of his appeals in the Indian supreme court and expressed concerns that “no court judgements in his case are available”.
The Maqbool Butt story did not end in 1984 with his hanging.
On 9th February, 2013 another Kashmiri freedom fighter, Afzal Guru, was hanged in India without a fair trial and secretly hanged without allowing his family to claim his body . His mortal remains have not been handed to his family to date. We demand that Indian government should allow the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru to be buried in Kashmir.
 

Indian authorities refused to hand over his body to his relatives and buried him inside Tihar jail.  A petition in high court seeking permission to remove his remains to his birthplace in Tregham, district Kapwara (J&K) was refused by India.  According to ITN news reports thousands of Kashmiris took to the streets of London to protest against Maqbool Butt’s hanging in India in 1984. For the past 30 years JKLF members in UK have regularly petitioned Indian government through its mission in London to demand the return of his remains.  Maqbool Butt’s two brothers, Ghulam Nabi Butt and Manzoor Butt were also killed in Kashmir in the 1990s but his 3 surviving children still live in Pakistan or in Azad Kashmir. With the outbreak of armed movement in J&K in 1988, Maqbool Butt’s grave in Tihar jail became the most revered tomb for Kashmiri prisoners until it was reportedly desecrated by prison authorities a few years ago. For the last 31 years, his death anniversary on 11th February, is commemorated on both sides of Kashmir when Kashmiri men, women and children take out protest rallies in every town and city demanding that his body should be handed over to his family for Islamic burial in Kashmir. All such pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears as did the international pleas not to execute him.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
website: www.JKLF.co.uk
Email: info@jklf.co.uk


Monday, 9 February 2015
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JKLF Programme schedule for 11 February 2015

INVITATION

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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in Britain has organized a protest in front of Indian High Commission, London in support of the ‘Quit Kashmir’ Campaign initiated by JKLF.

Venue:                                            Indian High Commission, Aldych, London WC2B 4NA
Date:                                                Wednesday, 11th February 2015
Time:                                               1 – 3 pm
Nearest Tube Station:           Holborn (Central Line)

  1. Petition signed by 60 British Parliamentarians demanding the return of Maqbool Butt Shaheed’s remains will be handed in to High Commissioner at 2:30 pm by heads of Kashmiri organizations

  1. Another memorandum will be handed to Downing St at 4:15 pm by members of parliament

  1. There will also be a seminar on Maqbool Butt Shaheed in Parliament, Portcullis house , Grimond Room from 5 pm - 7pm

For More Information, Please contact
Prof Azmat Khan                  Email: President@JKLF.co.uk      
Mahmood Hussain               Mobile: 0795 640 0834       Email: mhussain3@gmail.com
Mr. Tahseen Gilani              Mobile: 0787 748 7696        Email: Secretary@JKLF.co.uk    
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
JKLF to Commemorate 31st Martyrdom Anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed

JKLF to Commemorate 31st Martyrdom Anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed

(London 03 February 2015):
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will commemorate the 31st Martyrdom anniversary of its founder Maqbool Butt Shaheed all around the world. JKLF will hold seminars, public meetings and demonstrations in Indian Held Kashmir, all cities of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit, important cities of PakistanEuropeMiddle East and America.  Amanullah Khan (Supreme Head JKLF) & Chairman Yasin Malik has directed all Zonal, Divisional and District level JKLF office bearers to hold peaceful programmes in order to pay tribute to the martyred leader.

A meeting of JKLF London Branch was held in connection of 11 February preparations. JKLF  London will participate in a protest outside Indian High Commission in London and will also hold public meetings across London. On this occasion, Senior Vice President of JKLF in UK Mahmood Hussain said that we owe it to the future generations of Kashmir to highlight and spread the vision of Maqbool Butt Shaheed for which he and other thousands of Kashmiris laid their lives.

11 February is being commemorated as Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversary. On this day Kashmiris all across the world remember their hero with honour and pride. Maqbool But was hanged by India in Tihar jail on 11 February 1984 and his body was never given to Kashmiris for the burial.


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