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Monday, 17 July 2017
JKLF asks the world community to intercede on the Kashmir issue

JKLF asks the world community to intercede on the Kashmir issue

London-17 July 2017: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF- has called on the world community to play its role and, intercede for an equitable and peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue. In a letter to UN member states, JKLF’s head of Diplomatic Bureau Prof Zafar Khan, urged the governments of these states to engage constructively with India, Pakistan, and the pro freedom leadership in Kashmir, for a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir’s future status.
 The letter addressed to respective governments through their diplomatic missions in London, stated that Kashmir issue is quite erroneously perceived by vested interests, as a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. Jammu Kashmir’s future status is fundamentally, linked with the unfettered right to self-determination of 20 million people across both sides of the cease-fire line (or the Line of Control-LoC) that forcibly divides the region, and its people between India and Pakistan.
The letter called upon the UN member states to exert, and assert their powerful voice for a just resolution of the conflict, based on the legitimate and internationally recognised rights of the Kashmiris. And exhorted these countries to engage within the international fora, such as the United Nations General assembly, the United Nations Human Rights Council-UNHRC, with both India and Pakistan as well as multilateral organisations, for the noble objective of a peaceful and equitable solution of the issue.
 In the  letter the JKLF strongly reiterated its basic position that the issue of Kashmir’s future status  must not be seen within the context of a dispute between India and Pakistan, as Indo-Pak dimensions over the issue since 1947, have rendered the most affected and aggrieved party- the people of Jammu Kashmir- politically and diplomatically invisible within the conflict.  The letter added that Kashmiris’ quest for freedom in their own country, has also been inflicted a grievous harm through aggressive diplomacy and economic influence of India, and double standards of powers with vested interests.
In the letter the JKLF went on to add that irrespective of entrenched Indo-Pak positions on the status and reunification of Kashmir, the solution of the issue remains vested in the democratic will of Jammu Kashmir’s 20 million people. And further added that the locus- standai of the people, as the central party in the issue, is not only recognised by the United Nations, but has also been accepted by both India and Pakistan.
The JKLF in its letter included one such example of India’s recognition on the status of Kashmir and, the rights of its people, when on 1st January 1948 at the UNSC… India’s representative declared:  “that the question of Kashmir’s future status vis-a vis its neighbours and the world at large, and the question on whether Kashmir should withdraw from her accession to India, and either accede to Pakistan or remain independent with a right to claim admission as a member of the United Nations, all this we have recognised to be a matter for unfettered decision by the people of Kashmir after normal life is restored to them” UNSC document -Agenda 227.
The JKLF reminded these governments that successive Indian leaders, have reneged on their country’s solemn pledges on Kashmir. The current government in Delhi refuses even to recognise that a popular struggle for justice, democracy and freedom exists, in Jammu Kashmir. Modi government, stated the letter, has spared no effort to malign a peaceful and popular political struggle for freedom. The letter  added that in reality, Kashmiris on both sides of the Cease-fire line seek a peaceful solution and wish to see their country become bridge of peace between India and Pakistan rather than remain a perpetual bone of contention. Kashmiris however, do not have partners in their quest for a negotiated solution on the status of their country.
In its letter the JKLF reminded these countries that Kashmir is one of the most militarised regions of the world. India alone has around 700,000 troops deployed in the territory that it occupies. More than 100,000- civilians have perished at the hands of Indian forces. Indian military operates under an umbrella of laws that provide it with complete impunity. Over the past year alone, Indian army has killed over a hundred civilians, while thousands have been wounded. Use of pellet guns has either totally or partially blinded many hundreds. Innocent and peaceful civilians are used as human shields.
The letter added that the BJP government of Prime Minister Modi has given the Indian army and the Home Minister full authority to crush political dissent in Kashmir within two months.
The letter informed these governments that India and Pakistan have heavy deployment of their forces across the cease-fire line since 1947. As a consequence civilians cannot lead a normal life along the ceasefire line because of danger to their life and livelihood from the opposing forces. Both countries are nuclear powers, and have fought three full scale wars since 1947. Their aggressive deployment creates an environment full of incalculable and catastrophic consequences. A nuclear flare up in the sub-continent could kill as many as two billion people, and devastate the entire region with a nuclear winter that could last for many generations to come.
The letter reminded these countries about the agony endured by separated families who are unable to share joy and grief with loved ones since 1947. Those lucky enough to obtain visas in an intolerable situation, navigate an unbearable bureaucratic security environment that militates against these families.  The JKLF letter added that such a situation would not be tolerated in a civilised society. This is exactly why the ‘Iron Curtain’ collapsed in the west.  The JKLF in its letter added that Kashmiris seek the same through peaceful means, and want the   forcibly imposed border in Jammu Kashmir to end.
The letter reminded governments of these countries that the JKLF leadership is committed to turning Kashmir from a bone of contention to a bridge of peace in South Asia as a considered policy, and a long standing national objective, and stated that a free, sovereign and reunified Jammu Kashmir will truly become a bridge that is vital for peace in the region.


Mahmoud Hussain
Acting Secretary to the Diplomatic Bureau
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF
London Secretariat: 
119-123 Cannon Street Road
North Basement 
London E1 2LX
Email: info@jklf.co.uk     
Thursday, 29 June 2017
JKLF Diplomatic Committee  Meeting with British Foreign and Commonwealth Office-FCO

JKLF Diplomatic Committee Meeting with British Foreign and Commonwealth Office-FCO

London 29 June 2017:
A delegation of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s Diplomatic Bureau, met with officials of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office-FCO- The delegation led by the head of the  Bureau Prof Zafar Khan, included JKLF’s senior leaders  Bureau members, Mr Mahmoud Hussain, Mr Tariq Sharif, and General Secretary of JKLF’s British Chapter Sayed Tehsin Gilani.  The two hour long meeting involved detailed discussion around the current situation in Indian held Jammu Kashmir, and in particular the ever growing repressive aggression unleashed by the Indian state, and its armed forces against the peaceful dissent of Kashmiri people.
 Each of the following points were fully analysed by the head of the delegation who asked the British government to adopt a people centric approach to the Kashmir issue and support the unfettered right of 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir to freedom.
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The following are the points that were fully discussed and explained at the meeting with the British FCO.
Historic context of the Kashmir issue- (January 1948)
Kashmir is recognised by the United Nations as an issue whose political status is yet to be determined by its inhabitants on both sides of the cease-fire line (LoC). India and its leadership is in denial of this historic fact. India denies the existence of the Kashmir issue, and claims it to be an integral part of India. India denies the existence of over a dozen UN resolutions on the issue. India refuses to ratify article 1 of the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and political rights.
Article 1of the ICCPR states that: “All peoples have right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status, and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. People of Kashmir feel aggrieved that the United Kingdom supports India’s demand for a permanent seat on the UNSC.
Indian attitude toward Kashmiri dissent is violent and aggressive: PM Modi has given the Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Indian army Chief of staff General Bipin Rawat a free hand, to end the Kashmiri dissent in two months. India’s COAS considers hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri dissenters as ‘militants’ and has expressed his desire to use military methods against their peaceful resistance, and dissent against his military’s violence.
Repression by Indian state has become systematic. India is at war with the people of Kashmir. There are hundreds of half widows. There are many thousands of orphans. Thousands of mass graves. There are hundreds of blind and half blind children as a consequence of the use of pellet guns.  Indian state wages an undeclared war on the youth of Kashmir.
There is a mass involvement of the people in the movement for freedom. Fourth generation of the Kashmiris is now involved in the struggle for a right to decide the nation’s destiny. India wants to defeat the Kashmiri nation by force. Kashmir is the most militarised country in the world. India has by all accounts well in excess of 700,000 military and paramilitary forces who have a free hand to act in Kashmir. It seems India wants to subdue the will of Kashmir and its people, through the use of brute and unbridle military power.
Harassment of ordinary people through search operations has reached new heights. Demonstrators’ homes are raided at night. Young people in particular are taken away. Kashmiris are being used as human shields by the Indian army. Many recent reports have testified on the excesses and violations committed against the civilians by the Indian state and its forces in Jammu Kashmir.
Among these include, amnesty International 2017, 2015, Human Rights Watch 2016, and others including the State Dept. 2015, International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir 2015 and the Association of Parents of the Disappeared Persons (APDP) and many other international- including British- press and  media organisations,  regularly report on excesses committed  by Indian forces in Kashmir. We expect therefore, that British authorities are informed about India’s unprecedented aggressive attitude towards Kashmiris’ peaceful resistance and their legitimate dissent.
Indian Democracy? India is famed for being world’s largest democracy. Nothing like democracy exists in Indian held Jammu Kashmir. Political leadership is denied its fundamental right to free speech and assemblyCollective resistance Leaders, are subjected to house arrests, and are either lodged in police custody, or as in the case of Mr Yasin Malik, regularly incarcerated at Srinagar Central Jail. Mr Malik was not allowed to offer even Eid prayers on 26 of June. India deliberately stifles a peaceful political movement by not allowing the leadership free expression and movement to engage with the public.
India is embarked upon destroying a popular struggle which was transformed from militancy to a political movement as part of a considered policy by our leadership in the 1990s. Our friends in Britain, and elsewhere had also encouraged us to do so. We expect our British friends therefore, to ensure that Indian repression in the territory does not exceed India’s historic international responsibility in Jammu Kashmir- namely assisting the United Nations- during holding of a plebiscite/ referendum, to decide on the political status of Jammu Kashmir. Indian army therefore, represents a colonial power in Jammu Kashmir today and has surpassed in its oppression of the Kashmiris by any colonial power in history.
The inability and unwillingness of the Modi government to recognise, and accept the legitimate Kashmiri right to political dissent, is inevitably causing frustration with in the youth of Kashmir today. We do not consider it in our interest that our peaceful, and indigenous political movement should once again become a militant one. Indian ‘democracy’ however, exacerbates the situation by giving its forces a licence to kill over and above the existing impunity of action that they already exercise in Jammu Kashmir.
Indian media: The Indian media is so biased, one sided and partisan, that like the Indian government and the military, it also sees in every Kashmiri dissenter, stone pelter, political activist, and resistant leader, a Pakistani. This is a gravest injustice to a nation that has continuously striven to determine its destiny for almost 70 years. The Indian media fails to see that over a hundred thousand civilians have been killed by India’s armed forces since 1988, and the disappeared, the half widows, the orphans, the maimed and the  blinded by India’s military forces.
Fact Finding: India has refused access to the U N Human Rights Council to visit Indian held Kashmir, and see for itself the   excesses committed against peaceful protesters. Needless. We would expect the British government to support such a fact finding visit of the UNHRC and other humanitarian organisations.  We would like to ask HMG to send a fact finding delegation of its own to visit both sides of the cease-fire line (LoC), to determine voracity of our very serious concerns.
Cease-fire line (Line of Control-LoC): Regular incidents, and violations, across the cease-fire line (LoC) take place almost daily between the Indian and Pakistani armies that are deployed eye-ball to eye-ball across hundreds of miles long de-facto line of control. Thousands of Kashmiris along both sides of the cease-fire line have a fundamental right to safety and life. Dozens of fatalities, hundreds of injuries and immense losses to livestock and property take place regularly.
The cease fire line should have no detrimental impact on the free movement of people on both Indian and Pakistani controlled sides of Jammu Kashmir under UN resolution of 21 April 1948. People of Jammu Kashmir can assert this right of movement should they wish to do so and the Indian state has no legal international basis to stop them.
We expect that British High Commissions in New Delhi and Islamabad respectively keep abreast of the dire and repressive situation, not only inside Indian held Kashmir but also of the suffering of civilian population along the cease-fire line (LoC) that forcibly divides 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir.

Zafar Khan
Head of Diplomatic Bureau
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017
JKLF in London paid glowing tributes to Amanullah Khan

JKLF in London paid glowing tributes to Amanullah Khan

(London).
London branch of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front –JKLF- held a commemorative meeting and paid glowing tributes to Late Amanullah Khan, a great Kashmiri leader and founder of JKLF.
On the first anniversary of his departure from this world, speakers paid rich tributes befitting to this great legend and pledged to continue with his mission for a democratic and independent state of Jammu Kashmir.
Senior leader of JKLF in UK, Mahmood Hussain while welcoming the guests said Amanullah Khan gave identity to Kashmiri people especially those living abroad. Mahmood Hussain said that Amanullah Khan was an honest and selfless person who was offered all sorts posts to compromise but always worked for the Kashmir cause which was very close to his heart.
Speaking on this occasion, head of JKLF Diplomatic committee, Prof Zafar Khan said that Amanullah Khan struggled for 70 years of his life for the cause of Kashmir and no example of such magnitude of steadfastness, sacrifice and determination can be found.
Those who also spoke on this occasion include Tahseen Gilani, Prof Liaqat, Malik Latif Khan, Tariq Sharif, Mahmood Faiz, Prof Shahid Iqbal and Chaudhry Liaqat.

Iftikhar Sharif
Press Secretary
JKLF London Branch











Wednesday, 5 April 2017
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Making Gilgit Baltistan as constitutional province of Pakistan will have serious consequences on the long standing issue of Jammu Kashmir dispute.

(London, 05 April 2017)
 
London branch of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has asked the government of Pakistan to shun its attempts to make Gilgit Baltistan a constitutional province of Pakistan.
 
In a statement issued from London senior leader of JKLF Mr Mahmood Hussain has reiterated JKLF’s stand that making Gilgit Baltistan as constitutional province of Pakistan will have serious consequences on the long standing issue of Jammu Kashmir dispute.

 
Mahmood Hussain further said that people of Jammu Kashmir will strongly oppose and resist conspiracies against the sacred cause of freedom and the fundamental rights of the people from all parts of forcibly divided state of Jammu Kashmir of which Gilgit-Baltistan is an integral part till the end.

Statement said that such move by Pakistan has no legal, political, official or moral justification whatsoever. By taking this illegal and unjust step, Kashmiris are being forced to consider Pakistan in par with India.
 
 
Iftikhar Sharif
Press Secretary,
JKLF London Branch

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
JKLF  UK Chapter marked the 33rd martydom anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed

JKLF UK Chapter marked the 33rd martydom anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed






London 11 Feb, 2017: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK Chapter marked the 33rd martydom anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed with a huge protest outside Indian High Commission in London.

Defying the subzero temperatures, party members as well as members of Kashmiri community flocked from all over the UK to protest against the brutalities of India in Jammu Kashmir and to demand India to handover the remains of Maqbool Butt, whose extra judicial killing at the hands of India in 1984 has proved to be the ignition for one of the longest freedom movements in the recent history. The location of protest has become synonymous with protest site for Kashmiris as well as Indian minorities suffering from Indian state sponsored terrorism, and today's protest was one of the largest at the site since the dark day in 1984.

Protesters chanted slogans denouncing Indian terrorism and oppression in Jammu Kashmir and vowed to continue fighting for freedom and raising their voices against foreign occupation of Jammu Kashmir at every platform. Jammu Kashmir is the most militirized regions in the world, yet occupiers India and Pakistan have failed to breakdown the ever growing unarmed resistance of Kashmiris,and the protests today highlighted the fact that this resistance is growing by the day.

As done at the previous protests, a memorendum was due to be handed to Indian High Comissioner in the UK to demand the return of Maqbool Butt's and Afzal Guru's remains, immediate stoppage to Indian brutalities in Jammu Kashmir and for Kashmiris to be given their unfettered right of self determination. However, the magnitude of the protest and significant presence of media and local audience led to the Indian High Commission refusing to accept the Memorandum . It was yet another instance where the veil came off the fake claims of India of being a democracy.
India does not even have moral courage to face peaceful people of Jammu Kashmir and accept a memorandum.

Speaking to the media, senior JKLF leaders paid rich tribute to Maqbool Butt and urged India to stop killing innocent Kashmiris, as such brutalities are only serving the purpose of strengthening their indigenous freedom movement in Jammu Kashmir and fulfil its promises and human rights obligations by allowing Kashmiris to determine their own political future.

Protesters vowed to continue this national freedom movement started by Maqbool Butt Shaheed until the dream of complete independent Jammu Kashmir is realised.

The protest was one of the series of events organised by JKLF UK Chapter to mark February as 'Month of Maqbool', with another large gathering expected in Bradford on 19th February.
Jammu Kashmir liberation Front (Bradford branch) organised a public event to commemorate 33rd martyrdom anniversary of great kashmiri freedom fighter and founder of the Jammu Kashmir's independence movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt Shaheed.

Jammu Kashmir liberation Front (Bradford branch) organised a public event to commemorate 33rd martyrdom anniversary of great kashmiri freedom fighter and founder of the Jammu Kashmir's independence movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt Shaheed.




Bradford: On Sunday, 19 Feb: Jammu Kashmir liberation Front (Bradford branch) organised a public event to commemorate 33rd martyrdom anniversary of great kashmiri freedom fighter and founder of the Jammu Kashmir's independence movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt Shaheed.

A large number of people from Bradford, Leeds and from other parts of the UK, including Maqbool Butt's son Shoukat Maqbool Butt, MP Imran Hussain, leader of Bradford council Suzan Hinch Cliff and dozens of local Lord Mayors and councillors participated in this anniversary program to pay tribute to Maqbool Butt Shaheed and his struggle.

During his speech, MP Imran Hussain assured the participants that as member of British Parliament and as a British Kashmiri he will continue to raise Kashmir issue in parliament. He stressed that over a million Kashmiries living in the U.K. should ask their MPs to play their part in the parliament to raise the issue  of Jammu Kashmir and human rights violations in the state. He paid tribute to Maqbool Butt and said Maqbool Butt sacrificed his life for an independent Jammu Kashmir, so option of independent Jammu Kashmir should be included in any future plebiscite.

President JKLF UK Chapter Sabir Gul also addressed to the gathering. He said that Maqbool Butt is our national hero and new generation of Kashmiries are scarifying their lives by following the footsteps of Maqbool Butt. He suggested that we should establish a national revolutionary government in Pakistani held Jammu Kashmir to bring this issue on international forums.

Shoukat Maqbool Butt also spoke to the public and emphasised that we have to strengthen our national freedom movement in order to achieve our ultimate goal of national independence. Maqbool Butt shaheed sacrificed his life for national independence, justice and for the creation of a tolerant society.

General Secretary JKLF UK Zone Syed Tahseen Gillani said that JKLF is the only political party present and active in all divided parts of Jammu Kashmir and It is leading the national freedom movement. He reassured the participants that JKLF will not let anyone divide our country or destroy our nonviolent democratic movement for freedom.

Chief Organiser Abrar Nisar urged the international community to play an active role to resolve the issue of Jammu Kashmir.

Spokesman Shakeel Mirza made it clear that issue of Jammu Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between India or Pakistan but in fact an issue of birth right of 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir.

Leader of Bradford city council Suzan Hinch Cliff, Lord Mayor Abid Hussain Jamati, Councillor Ghazunfer Khaliq, Councillor Muhammad Iqbal, Councillor Javed Akhter, Sajid Nawaz,Amjid Nawaz,Zia Ahmed,JKLF Branch President Muhammad Sodager ,General Secretary Bradford Saghir Ahmed,Sajad Wasti, General Secretary JKLF Luton branch Liaqat Ali Lone,Malik Latif,senior leader JKLF Aslam Mirza and Ahsaan Ansari also addressed to the gathering.

They condemned the recent statement by Indian army chief that peaceful protestors will be treated as militants. They also reminded India ,Pakistan and international community of their promises to resolve Jammu Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir. JKLF UK leadership made it clear that they will continue their struggle until victory.

JKLF UK has announced their next Maqbool Butt Shaheed anniversary program will be held in Stoke on Trent on 26 of February, followed by Bedford on 5th March and Birmingham on 12th March.
Monday, 30 January 2017
JKLF UK Chapter has announced to commemorate month of February as Month of Maqbool Butt Shaheed.

JKLF UK Chapter has announced to commemorate month of February as Month of Maqbool Butt Shaheed.





London, 30 Jan: JKLF UK Chapter has announced to commemorate month of February as Month of Maqbool Butt Shaheed. In a statement to media outlets, Zonal Spokesperson Shakeel Mirza has said that all JKLF branches in the UK have been instructed to organise programs,seminars and conferences during month of February to mark the 33rd martyrdom anniversary of the founding leader of Kashmiri movement.

The spokesperson stated that on 11th February JKLF UK along with other Uk based Kashmiri organisations will protest outside Indian high commission London to expose and highlight human rights violations in IOK and to demand that  Maqbool Butt,s remains should be handed over to his family.

JKLF UK has announced to double up its diplomatic efforts in order to muster up support from international community for the unfettered right of self determination of people of Jammu Kashmir. The party is also considering taking up the Jammu Kashmir issue with International Court of Justice, human rights organisations and UNO to expose the illegal occupation of Jammu Kashmir, human rights violations on both side of ceasefire line and to remind international institutions of their forgotten promises and commitments to the beleaguered people of Jammu Kashmir.

On behalf of the UK Zone of the party which is leading the diplomatic front of Kashmiri independence movement, the spokesperson warned Pakistan against her illegal and dangerous plan to make Gilgit Baltistan as her 5th province. JKLF has reiterated the dangerous implications that such a move will have, including the damage it will cause to internationally accepted disputed status of Jammu Kashmir issue. The spokesperson added that such illegal integration will provide India an excuse to absorb Ladakh and Jammu as its own provinces, and will further escalate the tensions in the region.

JKLF will not accept any suggestion or design about the division of Jammu Kashmir under any circumstances and will continue to resist any such plans in Jammu Kashmir as well as on international forums. He added that the party demands Pakistani government to restore state subject rule in Gilgit Baltistan region of Jammu Kashmir.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
  The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK-

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK-



Press Release: London




The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK- chapter today pledged to continue with their international campaign for independence of their homeland Jammu Kashmir , following the  parliamentary debate on the issue in UK Parliament, where a resolution was passed in support of  the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir.




In the Parliamentary debate on 19th January, lead by the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, Mr.David Nuttall MP, the efforts of the JKLF and other Kashmiri groups in the UK were recognised and members of parliament paid tribute to British Kashmiris for their commitment and lobbying effort for a peaceful resolution of the Jammu Kashmir issue..



The motion, which was passed unanimously in the parliament chamber stated: "The House notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Ceasefire Line  in Jammu Kashmir; calls on the UK Government to raise the matter at the United Nations; and further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions”.







The debate on this motion where 29 MPs, ministers and shadow ministers from Labour, Tory and SNP took part, was a culmination of a strenuous mass lobbying campaign carried out by the JKLF and other Kashmiri organisations in 2016 following the uprising in the Kashmir valley where over a hundred civilian protestors were killed and thousands injured and blinded by the use of pellet guns.




British members of parliament paid tribute to those killed and those who have carried on with the campaign for their political rights for over 7 decades and deplored the international apathy and indifference displayed by the UK foreign office.





Debating on the motion, MPs stressed that the people of Jammu Kashmir must be given the same right to take control of their future as the one exercised by the UK in the EU referendum. MPs David Nuttall and Philip Davies said Kashmiris should be afforded the same right to self-determination as was given to the British people in the form of the Brexit vote. Intervening, Mr Davies said: “Surely it is not a question of supporting either the Indian government or the Pakistan government, it’s about supporting the people of Kashmir."



JKLF have been campaigning for the unfettered right to self-determination and independence to be recognised through public protests, parliamentary meetings and international lobbying. The mass lobby campaign in UK and Europe was launched earlier last year at a press conference held at JKLF’s International Secretariat in London and the head of their International Political and Diplomatic Campaigns, Azmat Khan, given a mandated to seek collaboration with other Kashmiri groups and double up joint efforts. Kashmiri leaders met with the UK foreign office official before UK Prime Minister’s visit to India and also asked the Labour Party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry MP, to take up this issue with the Prime Minister, Teresa May, which was done by a letter to the foreign secretary Boris Johnson next day.





Earlier in the year, a JKLF delegation comprising of Chief Organiser Abrar Nisar, spokesman Shakeel Mirza, and Shafiq Qadri met with the Chairman all parties parliamentary group on Kashmir,  Mr.David Nuttall MP in Bury, and briefed him of the dire situation on Kashmir and the wife of the JKLF chairman Yasin Malik spoke with Mr Nuttall regarding his deteriorating health and illegal detention in occupied Kashmir.




Senior JKLF leaders, including General Secretary Tahsin Gillani, UK Spokesman Shakeel Mirza, Shams Rehman and others attended the annual Scottish National Party d(SNP) conference, where they met with former party leader, Alex Salmond, who promised to support such a motion  in British parliament.




In the recent months JKLF UK branches and office bearers  were instructed by the President Sabir Gul to meet with their local members of Parliament and to apprise them of the need for a change in UK foreign policy on the issue of Kashmir. The UK zonal leadership have  continuously engaged with other political parties and have pledged to double up their efforts to show a unified voice to the world on Kashmir. They have written to the members of parliament for their efforts and expressed gratitude in recognising the Kashmiri voice and pleas for unfettered right of self determination.




The evidence of JKLF UK Zone's diplomatic efforts could be seen and heard today in British parliament ,where British parliamentarians acknowledged that people of Jammu Kashmir seek a peaceful resolution of the  issue and want their country to become a bridge of peace rather than a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Kashmiris firmly believe that a peaceful and equitable solution of the Kashmir issue is the key to a peaceful and prosperous South Asiain sub continent - a sentiment that was reiterated by JKLF patron in chief Late Amaan Ullah Khan on numerous occasions.

Ends.

JKLF UK Zone Department of Publicity and information.

Text of the full debate is available below

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-01-19/debates/5E3E7217-2415-4B94-8748-3D9E6B1E759B/Kashmir


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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Kashmir’s movement for Azadi or freedom is not a case of democratic mis-governance or decay of democratic institutions but it is an outcome of a forced incorporation of a people in a country against its will. Yasin Malik

Kashmir’s movement for Azadi or freedom is not a case of democratic mis-governance or decay of democratic institutions but it is an outcome of a forced incorporation of a people in a country against its will. Yasin Malik





Srinagar, O7 Jan 2017:


Respected chief guest, chairman and other dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen……


 Firstly I would like to thank the Young Parliamentarians’ Forum of Pakistan, National Assembly of Pakistan for inviting me to address this august gathering of learned people. Honorable Parliamentarians, Honorable Ambassadors, and respected scholars, I say, Asalamualeikum to all of you.  We all yearn for Salam or peace in the South Asia and in the world. As a member of the oppressed Kashmiri nation and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, I pray for the growth of cordial relations between Pakistan and India, which is a precondition for the resolution of Kashmir Conflict and for a lasting peace in South Asia.

The young and dynamic group of Pakistani Parliamentarians, who are the future nation and State builders of Pakistan, would hopefully share my sentiments regarding the importance of promoting sustained efforts at peace building in South Asia, particularly aimed at improving Pakistan-India relations.The brunt ofPakistan-India border hostilities is borne by Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and naturally the people of both parts of divided Kashmir are the biggest votaries of peace.

Ladies and gentlemen ……

The theme of this International Seminar rightly focusses on the humanitarian dimensions of the Kashmir Conflict, when a peoples uprising in India occupied Kashmir has been brutally suppressed by Indian military and paramilitary forces. The five month long mass uprising was crushed by an unbridled use of force. The Indian Central Police Force admitted to firing some 1.3 million pellets in the first month of the uprising, which has resulted in a plague of dead and damaged eyes. Doctors in Kashmir estimate the total number of eye injuries caused by pellets in the first four months of the uprising to be 1178. Human suffering is impossible to quantify but numbers do tell a story in Kashmir. Around a 100 people have been shot dead by bullets or mowed down by a rain of pellets, around 15000 Kashmiri youth have been  injured ,roughly 10,000 youth have been arrested, most beaten and tortured in detention centers. Neighborhoods have been harassed en masse by Indian police and military forces, who in day and night raids and have administered collective punishment to Kashmiris in the form of destruction of their property, ranging from destruction of window panes, doors, laptops, motorbikes, cars or whatever has comes in the sight of rampaging troops. Parents and elderly relatives of young protestors have been arrested to force young protestors into submission. Democracies like India not only maim and kill but they also indulge in blackmail. They punish the families and relatives of dissidents to force them into silence.

 We have heard a lot about human security from the United Nations. The International Community tells us that the world must move from the outdated conception of state centered national security to a people centered conception of human security. We also hear about the doctrine of R2P, about a State’s responsibility to protect its citizens but we continue to see the limits and repeated failures of liberal humanitarianism the world over. Many powerful western governments have encouraged subjugated peoples like Kashmiris to give up armed struggle and adopt non–violent means in their struggles for freedom. In the past ten years, Kashmiris have primarily relied on non-violent means in articulating their aspirations for Azadi or Independence. However, Indian State has responded with an increasing use of military force to suppress mass uprisings in Kashmir and choked all spaces for non-violent resistance. The people’s uprisings of 2008, 2010 were crushed by massive military force and the story of the 2016 people’s uprising has seen history repeating itself.

   The world largely remains mute to the sufferings of Kashmiris. Diplomats of major Western democracies have even stopped paying lip service to the question of human rights in Kashmir. When some of them visit India occupied Kashmir, they lecture us on the virtues of India’s participatory democracy and about India’s democratic successes. It is like blaming the victim. Democracy, be it in a formal sense or substantive may work for the Hindu middle classes and the elite in India but Kashmiris have since 1947 harvested a bitter fruit of this democracy. This is not to suggest that Kashmir’s movement for Azadi or freedom is not a case of democratic mis-governance or decay of democratic institutions but it is an outcome of a forced incorporation of a people in a country against its will.

   India as a growing market has become the darling of powerful western countries. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has listed India as the number 1 importer of weapons for the years 2010-2014.A major western power, France recently inked an arms deal with India, which is worth 8.8Billion US dollars. In the world of big business and arms deals, where do western powers stand on human rights? Can the oppressed people of Kashmir and other oppressed nationalities expect any solidarity from western democracies like USA, UK, France AND EUROPIAN UNION, which have huge economic stakes in the weapons industry? Can the David of Human rights really triumph over the Goliaths of War industry and big business?

    A poor country like India is spending 40 Billion US Dollars on its military annually. A smaller economy of Pakistan has an annual defense budget of over 8 Billion US dollars. The defense budgets of the two countries continue experiencing a regular increase annually. The primary reason behind this massive spending on arms is the Pakistan-India rivalry over Kashmir, which leads to a huge loss of precious economic resources and limits economic potential of both the countries. Not surprisingly the Human Development Index Rankings of India and Pakistan stand at 130 and 147 respectively.

    A just and lasting solution to the Kashmir conflict, which gives primacy to Kashmiri self-determination, would usher in an enduring and positive peace in South Asia. It would not only put an end to the suffering of Kashmiris but also help unlock the massive economic potential of South Asia, with a population that roughly adds up as one fourth of the world’s total population.



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Martyrs sacred cause can never be forgotten

Martyrs sacred cause can never be forgotten




 Srinagar 09 January 2017: Martyr Sajad Kenoo was one of pioneers of present struggle for freedom, Martyrs like him are our real heroes and their sacrifices for the sacred cause can never be forgotten. This was stated by the chairman of Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while addressing a memorial meeting held to recall the sacrifices of martyr Sajad Kenoo.

Terming Sajad Shaheed as a humble person, dedicated warrior, prolific leader and a brilliant human being, Yasin Malik said that he was one of the faces of Kashmiri resistance who till his last breath stood upright for the cause of freedom and sacrificed his life while striving for it.

JKLF chairman said that the sacrifices of heroes like Martyr Sajad Kenoo can never be forgotten and today when we remember his sacrifices and struggle, we pledge to take forward his mission with passion and zeal.

 Meanwhile JKLF has strongly condemned the ongoing oppression on inmates especially those who were booked under PSA that has been quashed by court but who have been re-arrested and put in various police stations in extreme cold season.

While condemning this oppression and illegal detention of these inmates, JKLF said that the families of these inmates are also being harassed by police. While appealing international Red Cross, Amnesty International, Asia watch and other bodies to intervene and save the lives of these inmates, JKLF has said that it is the obligation on these world bodies to save inmates from the wrath of oppressive regimes.
Friday, 6 January 2017
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20 Million people of Jammu Kashmir wish their country to become a Bridge of Peace, between India and Pakistan.

His Excellency Mr Antonio Guterres                  
United Nations Secretary General  
UN HQ 1st Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017 USA.
Email: sgcentral@un.org
Date: 6 January 2017

Sub:  20 Million people of Jammu Kashmir wish their country to become a Bridge of Peace, between India and Pakistan.

Dear Excellency before we apprise you of the urgency around the longstanding issue of Jammu Kashmir, we would like to extend our congratulations to you, on becoming Secretary General of the United Nations. We extend our sincere good will, and wish your tenure as Secretary General with full of successes in alleviating, suffering and exploitation of underprivileged, and like 20 million Kashmiris, the subjugated people of the world!

As the conscience of the oppressed, exploited and subjugated millions throughout the world, we anticipate that your Excellency will make an early intervention on status of 20 million inhabitants of Jammu Kashmir- 13 million of whom live under Indian occupation- consistent with their fundamental human and democratic rights, and in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.

Excellency as you are aware, political status of Jammu Kashmir is yet to be determined within the internationally recognised principles and rights of peoples to self-determination. Since 1947 however, this cherished objective of freedom has been denied to the Kashmiris.

 Despite an existence under oppression and suffering for almost 70 years, Kashmiris have nevertheless, remained steadfast in the struggle to achieve their inherent and inalienable right to self-determination.

 Excellency instead of engaging with the people of Jammu Kashmir, and the world community to find an equitable solution to the issue, Indo- Pakistan confrontation and their contention over Kashmir, has become a danger to peace and prosperity for South Asian region and rest of the world. Both countries are perilously close to a full scale war on daily basis.

Since August of 2016 their military actions across the Line of Control-LoC- in Jammu Kashmir, have resulted in deaths and injuries to hundreds of civilians. Armies of both countries are deployed eye-ball to eyeball in Jammu Kashmir which is inimical to the well-being of civilian population on either side of the forced divide.

 Excellency both countries are nuclear powers and as a consequence of their contention over Kashmir, are engaged in an arms race that has catastrophic implications for all concerned.

Excellency India has around 700,000 military and para military forces deployed in the Indian held Jammu Kashmir. Indian forces enjoy total impunity of action against the population under an umbrella of draconian and anti-people laws.

Since June of 2016 these forces have unleashed some of the most inhuman methods of oppression against peaceful demonstrators.  Over a hundred people, mostly young, have been killed and thousands have been injured, including around a hundred, mainly children losing their eye sight due to the use of pellet guns by the occupation forces. India to all intents and purposes imposed martial law in the valley of Kashmir with the longest curfew in the history of the territory.

Pro- self-determination leadership is denied its democratic and peaceful right to engage with the public. The right to assembly and speech is all but non-existent in the Indian held part of the territory. Since the summer of 2016 collective leaders of the freedom movement and their party workers have been incarcerated or put under house arrest. Mr Yasin Malik for example has been incarcerated in Srinagar central jail, while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Gilani have been under house arrest for almost all of the period since June of last year.

Excellency the struggle of Kashmiri people is to decide the future status of their country. And the denial of their right to do so is a greatest injustice meted out to a people whose most cherished desire is to have peace and prosperity in their country.
India and Pakistan have abysmally failed to resolve the Kashmir issue. Even their bilateral Shimla Accord of 1972, under which they committed themselves to resolve the issue along with their other disputes, is all but dead. India does no longer recognise, contrary to the historic facts, the rights of 20 million Kashmiris to self-determination. With its military might and economic power, India is acting like a colonial power that it, in reality, is in Jammu Kashmir!

We therefore urge your Excellency to take urgent steps and measures as the custodian of world conscience, to bring India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu Kashmir to the dialogue table, and ensure that a settlement of the issue is achieved for  sake of peace, justice and prosperity in the region and the world. Excellency 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir are eagerly prepared to become a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan in such process.

We further urge your Excellency to take following immediate steps:
To impress upon the Indian government, to allow  pro freedom leadership its democratic right to free speech and assembly in all parts of  Indian held  Jammu Kashmir.

We urge your Excellency to impress upon the Indian government to remove all its military and paramilitary forces from the urban and rural areas of Indian held Jammu Kashmir, and to stop forth-with the intimidation and oppression of the civilian population.

In view of all too frequent military flare-ups across the LoC that result in loss of life and destruction of property, and immense hardship to the civilian population on both sides, we urge your Excellency to, extend the powers of the UN Military Observer Group on India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP, to monitor cease-fire violations on the Indian side of the LoC as its personnel are allowed to do so on the Pakistani side of the LoC.

Excellency we are fully aware of the difficulties that a peace process over Kashmir may entail. However, as you will agree with us, there is no alternative to peace. Kashmiris desire nothing less than a peaceful and prosperous future for themselves and the billion and half people of India and Pakistan. We anticipate that along with major issues that blight our world, the plight of 20 million Kashmiris and their inherent, inalienable and internationally recognised right to freedom and democracy, will be an urgent focus of your attention for the year 2017- a year that you yourself, have dedicated to peace and justice in the world.

Excellency resolution of the Kashmir issue is a key to peace, justice and prosperity not only in South Asia but in the world.

With Regards

Prof Zafar Khan
Head of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF

Diplomatic Bureau-London International Secretariat
119-123 Cannon Street Road London E1 2LX
Email: zafargk@aol.com
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