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Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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JKLF will hold an important press conference at its London Secretariat on Thursday 31st December 2015 at 12 noon.

London (29 December 2015)
JKLF will hold an important press conference at its London Secretariat on Thursday 31st December 2015 at 12 noon.
The address of the secretariat is
JKLF Diplomatic Bureau
119-123 Cannon Street Road,
Basement North
London
E1 2LX
The press conference has been called by the JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau and will be addressed by its Chairman Professor Zafar Khan along with leaders of the JKLF’s British Chapter.
The press conference has been called to protest at the arrests in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir of JKLF’s Chairman Mr Yasin Malik and other senior JKLF leaders on trumped up charges of attempt to murder and waging war against the Indian state.
On 27th December Mr Malik and other senior JKLF leaders were charged and remanded in judicial custody at the Srinagar central jail for 10 days.
It must be remembered that Mr Malik and his colleagues were peacefully protesting against the terrorism of the so-called state sponsored Village Defence Committees-VDCs that have unleashed a reign of terror against the  Muslim population in general and  pro freedom activists in particular, in the Jammu province. The VDC’s current terror tactics included the murder of a mother and her son in the Budhal area of the Jammu region.
At the press conference JKLF will call on its members to mount a suitably effective political and diplomatic response against the inhuman and undemocratic arrests and oppressive methods meted out to the JKLF and its leaders by the Indian occupation authorities in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir.
Members of the Press and media are therefore cordially invited to attend this important press conference.

Thanking you in anticipation.
For and on behalf of the JKLF
Diplomatic Bureau
Mahmud Hussain
07956400834 
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
World  Silence on Kashmir -- Letter for Publication

World Silence on Kashmir -- Letter for Publication


UN Human rights day was observed on December 10. Once again seminars and lectures were delivered on this issue, articles appeared in the media, highlighting the importance of human rights.
 We read and hear of this year after year, and it is stressed that no-one should be denied basic human rights in any circumstances.

Western nations always advocate the importance of human rights and express their displeasure against regimes who violate these rights.

But, they keep quiet as far as the human rights are concerned in Kashmir?

The Kashmir people are not only deprived of their basic human rights, but are mercilessly annihilated. The laws are imposed depriving people of every basic human rights. People including women and children, are shot at, killed and houses searched without warrant. The army has been given unlimited power, and are free of any kind of persecution.

Amnesty international in its report confirmed thousands of un-marked graves.

The international community knows and understands everything, but is keeping criminally silent, only because of its trade economic ties.

The state- sponsored systemic killings is fully operational in Kashmir. The only crime of the poor defenseless is that they are asking for their right of self-determination. A right which was recognized by both India, Pakistan and International community, including United Nations. 

It is high time that the people of the world use their voice against this injustice and against the violation of the sanctity of human rights.

Mahmood Hussain
JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) 
London Secretariat
119-123 Cannon street Road (Basement North) 
London E1 2LX
07956 400 834



Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Statement by JKLF on the Indian Foreign Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad

Statement by JKLF on the Indian Foreign Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad

London- 9 December 2015:

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF- has given a cautious welcome to the  meeting in Islamabad today between the Indian foreign minister Mrs Sushma Sawaj and Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr Nawaz Sharif in a statement issued her in London today.

JKLF’s head of Diplomatic affairs Professor Zafar Khan said that the JKLF cautiously welcomed the meeting at this level between India and Pakistan and, hoped that both countries will engage with each other and with the pro freedom leadership purposefully, to secure a lasting and peaceful resolution of the sixty eight year old dispute.

He reiterated JKLF’s position that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan and that both countries owed it to the future peace and prosperity of 1.5 billion people of India, Pakistan and Jammu Kashmir to find a just, democratic and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, based on the unfettered, inherent and inalienable right to self-determination of 20 million Kashmiris across the LoC and in the Diaspora.

Zafar Khan added that without a shadow of doubt peace is the only option over Kashmir, and Kashmiris are ready to play their part in the process and, needed partners to engage with, for a solution of the future political status of their country. He urged India and Pakistan to seize the opportunity and make a unified and free Kashmir, a bridge of friendship, peace and lasting prosperity for South Asia.


Mahmoud Hussain
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF
Diplomatic Bureau
119-123 Cannon Street Road,
(Basement North),
London
E1 2LX
Email: info@JKLF.co.uk
Mobile: 07956400834

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Letter to Pakistani Prime Minister on Gilgit Baltistan by Mr Amanullah Khan‏

Letter to Pakistani Prime Minister on Gilgit Baltistan by Mr Amanullah Khan‏

 To,                                                                                                                                          
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,                                                                         Dated: 18-11-2015
Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
Islamabad.
1.     Kashmir Issue and some Gilgiti and Balti peoples demands.
Day before yesterday’s daily K2, published from Gilgit, Rawalpindi and Karachi with a large circulation, has quoted minister for Information of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Mr. Ibrahim Sanaie (repeated yesterday by another Minister Dr. Iqbal) as saying that Mr. Nawaz Sharif, the PM of Pakistan, was keen to grant full political, constitutional, social and economic rights to the people of GB (perhaps meaning merger of GB with Pakistan as one of its provinces).
Mr. Prime Minister, if you follow this idea of merging GB with Pakistan before its final status is determined, it will amount to a big blunder on your part as it will bring Pakistan at par with India in many ways, will rightly annoy a big number of Kashmiris and will also adversely affect the world opinion about the Kashmir issue. It is for these sound reasons that the people and political parties of Azad Kashmir (AK) do not make such demands. Although both AK and GB belong to the same state of Jammu Kashmir. Moreover, there are many other ways of meeting the genuine demands of the people of GB. For example, i) GB and AK be merged in to each other as two equal units, ii) giving similar status to GB as of AK, and iii) giving rights to the people of GB in any legal form but without merging it with Pakistan as it may affect its world recognized disputed nature.
Mr. Prime Minister,  as you perhaps know I myself am a resident of GB and have suffered a lot for demanding due rights for the people of the area. These sufferings include my one and a quarter year’s imprisonment in GB, twice being deported from Gilgit and have also written three booklets on the issue. This was my duty as an educated son of that unfortunate area. However, unlike many others who demand merger of GB with Pakistan for their limited and timely personal and party interests, I and my organization, in the larger interest of Kashmiri nation, oppose this merger before its final disposition is reached upon for my thoughts are not peripheral and self-centered.
2.     The confused type of support to Kashmir freedom struggle.
Mr. Prime Minister, almost all the political parties of Pakistan say that they support our freedom struggle for which we thank them all from the deepest core of our hearts. I have observed you personally saying that you and your party support our Right of Self-determination (RSD) according to UN Resolutions and Kashmiri people’s aspirations. However, the last and effective UN Resolution does not scope for an independent Kashmir thus limiting the options and curbing the aspirations of the people. While as Kashmiries believe in three alternate solutions of Kashmir issue ie, an Independent Kashmir or Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan or Kashmir’s accession to India. However, It will be kind enough of you, your party and other political parties of Pakistan if you people could be magnanimous enough towards Kashmir issue by providing a clear and open stand of yours in favor of Kashmiri aspirations, by not rejecting any aspired option as a solution and by not limiting its options of solution to accession to Pakistan or accession to India only. For being a proud nation, Kashmiri people would want to retain its national identity for all times to come. As President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari too during his meeting with a delegation of Kashmiri leaders, of which I and my colleague Mr. Rafiq Dar were a part of, in President House Islamabad on March 28, 2013, said, and repeated trice, that he considers Kashmiries as a nation. This very statement of President of Pakistan meant a lot for us and other Kashmiri leaders.
3.     My common letter to Your Excellency and to Mr. Modi, Your counterpart in India.
I had sent two common letters earlier dated 27-03-2015 and 10-09-2015 to both of you subjected as A peaceful, practicable, equitable, honorable and everlasting solution of about Seventy years old unresolved Kashmir issue. The issue is as dangerous today as ever, having already caused three bloody wars in the past between India and Pakistan, now both nuclear powers, hence the continued tensions between them makes it more dangerous for even regional and world peace”.
Solution in a nutshell under the caption ‘The Gist of The Appeal’ page 10.
I have so far received responses from some ordinary personalities and none from the people that could be counted especially you the two addresses. Will you please pay some attention to my detailed document that includes a covering letter and common appeal?
The acknowledgement of this letter shall be highly appreciated.
I thank you.
Sincerely yours,

(Amanullah Khan)
Patron-in-Chief,
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
(Note: Sorry for using stamp for my signature as my right hand is almost paralyzed).


Copies for information and necessary action to:
(The acknowledgement of this letter shall be highly appreciated)
  1. Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, President AJK.
  2. Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate Pakistan.
  3. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker Pakistan National Assembly.
  4. Syed Khursheed A. Shah, Leader of the opposition in National Assembly of Pakistan.
  5. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs.
  6. Choudhary Birjesh Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs.
  7. Choudhary Abdul Majeed, Prime Minister AJK.
  8. Raja Farooq Haider, Leader of the opposition AJK Assembly.
  9. Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Chief Minister GB.
  10. Mr. Beig, Leader of the opposition GB Assembly.



Sincerely yours,
 (Amanullah Khan)



Wednesday, 11 November 2015
JKLF Freedom For Kashmir Van‏

JKLF Freedom For Kashmir Van‏

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, has organised a "JKLF  Freedom For Kashmir Van" which will circle around the Whitehall, Downing street, houses of Parliament and around Wembley stadium, during the Indian Prime ministers visit to UK, highlighting the Human rights violations in Kashmir and demanding freedom for Kashmir, on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November 2015.


IFTIKHAR SHARIF
Publicity Secretary 
JKLF London Branch
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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front -JKLF- (UK Zone)
Email:-        info@jklf.co.uk 
Web:-          http://www.JKLF.co.uk
Facebook:-   https://www.facebook.com/JKLF.UK.EUROPE

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK

An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK

An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK
By: Zafar Khan*

To Remind Prime Minister Modi of India: on the unabated oppression and violations of basic human rights in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir, including the denial of right to assembly and free speech. Denying the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF- and the Huriyat Conference the democratic right to engage with the public.  The rise of extremist communalism and chauvinism with the BJP and RSS nexus in Jammu Kashmir.
 India’s flagrant and blatant denial of the inherent, inalienable and internationally recognised right of Kashmiris to self- determination. India’s betrayal of the United Nations’ trust by reneging on her responsibilities and obligations under the UN resolutions to hold a fair free and democratic plebiscite on the political status of Jammu Kashmir. India’s equally utter disregard for bilateralism over Kashmir by refusal to engage with Pakistan and reneging on the inherent locus standi of 20 million Kashmiris in the dispute.
Mr Cameron the silence and inaction over  Kashmir dispute by the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council,-UNSC- including the United Kingdom, has heightened India’s belligerent and truculent attitude on Kashmir.
Mr Cameron, India’s Prime Minister must be reminded on his country’s solemn obligations and undertakings, to facilitate a free, fair and democratic plebiscite under the UN’s auspices, so that the will of 20 million Kashmiris could be determined peacefully, over the political status of  their country.
Size of India’s population and economy alone, should not merit a permanent seat on the UN Security Council for India, as it has patently failed to uphold the fundamental principles of the United Nations on the Kashmir dispute.
India’s contribution in the development of constructive and peaceful environment within South Asia is equally lamentable. Thus can India, especially under Mr Modi be considered a reliable and responsible state in the region?  India has certainly become more belligerent and hegemonic in the region under Prime Minister Modi and a real threat to regional stability. Far from seeking a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir dispute Mr Modi has fuelled an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
Mr Cameron, during his visit to the Valley of Kashmir on 7 October, Prime Minister Modi declared that he would not listen to anyone on Kashmir. These are hardly the words of a statesman who is out on a mission of peace and reconciliation on Kashmir dispute and his country’s relations with her immediate neighbours.
Mr Cameron as you welcome Prime Minister Modi to London your government is duty bound to take up with him the unresolved political status of Jammu Kashmir, as the UK is custodian of justice and fair play by the virtue of being a permanent member of the UNSC.
Mr Modi should be taken to task on communalism, extremism and chauvinism that has been unleashed under his watch in Kashmir.
He should be taken to task on the oppressive and undemocratic methods adopted by Indian occupation forces to stifle public expression, and deny the pro freedom and anti-status quo politicians like Mr Yasin Malik**, their democratic right to engage with the masses in the public square.
He should be reminded that on 1 January 1948 it was an Indian government led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations.
He should be reminded that on 27 October 1947 India invaded Kashmir by landing her troops in Srinagar, under the pretext that the then despotic ruler had acceded Kashmir to India on the previous day, when in reality he was not in control of the country, as he was fleeing from  his rebellious subjects to Jammu from Srinagar.
He should be reminded that it is more credible to believe that a plan might already have existed to invade Kashmir under the pretext of accession, when British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan on 14 and 15 August 1947 respectively.
He should be reminded that India invaded Kashmir to throttle a freedom movement of people who endured unimaginable suffering and despotism at the hands of their rulers.
Mr Modi should be reminded of the fact that unlike Pakistan, India refused to enter into ‘Stand Still Agreement’ with the Government of Jammu Kashmir prior to the partition of British India- which clearly indicates India’s ill intent towards Kashmir.
Mr Modi should be reminded that newly emancipated and decolonised India had in fact invaded a country that was an independent and sovereign nation between 15 August, (India’s Independence Day) and 27 October 1947, the day Jammu Kashmir was invaded.
This is certainly the conclusion of independent observers on the events of the period which includes among others, the respected British historian and expert on Kashmir Alastair lamb. Poignantly therefore, Kashmiris throughout the world, mark 27 October as a Black day in their history.
Mr Modi should be reminded that there are numerous United Nations Resolutions which clearly stipulate that a plebiscite under the UN’s auspices must be facilitated by India to determine the future status of the state of Jammu Kashmir.
The first of these resolutions was passed in April 1948 then subsequently a plethora of resolutions followed in June 1948, August 1948, January 1949, March 1950, March 1951 and January 1957; all these resolutions require the state of India mainly, to facilitate a plebiscite for determining the status of Jammu Kashmir with unfettered participation of the populace in the plebiscite.
Mr Modi should be reminded that India made many commitments and pledges at the UN, including the following to comply with the wishes, aspirations and rights of the people of Kashmir:
“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.
How ironic then that India demands a permanent seat on the UN Security Council while she has completely reneged on her solemn commitments and obligations in relation to the Kashmir dispute.
India has failed to honour the Shimla Accord of 1972 with Pakistan that required both countries to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. We believe Pakistan should now rescind the Shimla Accord because it no longer has any validity due to India’s refusal to engage on the question of Kashmir’s future political status under its framework.
Today Mr Modi and his lieutenants have gone as far as to say that there is no Kashmir problem or Kashmir issue, as was declared quite blatantly by Mrs Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Foreign Minister in September 2015, at the UN General assembly in New York.
It is incredible therefore that India is demanding a seat at the top table in the comity of nations when she does not care to honour the resolutions of this August world body, which with the purpose of its inception, is bound to uphold the fundamental principles of justice, liberty and democracy for the subjugated, dispossessed and colonised people of the world like the 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir across both sides of the Line of Control-LoC- .

Sadly Mr Cameron the UN and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, on the question of Kashmir’s future political and constitutional status, have also patently failed the 20 million Kashmiris on their inherent and inalienable right of self-determination. United Nations Security Council  inaction  has embolden India to hold on to Kashmir with the force of arms as there are over 700-000 Indian military and paramilitary forces of occupation in the territory.
These forces, over the past 27 years in particular, have killed around 100-000 people, with thousands missing and many hundreds buried in unmarked graves throughout all parts of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir. Over these 27 years the Indian forces have committed some of the most outrageous acts of brutality against a defenceless people including rape and torture.
Mr Cameron Prime Minister Modi should be taken to task on the extremism and chauvinism that his political rhetoric and Hindutva ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party- BJP- has encouraged in Jammu Kashmir. Mr Modi’s BJP led government has aggressively pursued its chauvinistic political ideology and has orchestrated to subvert the harmonious social character of society in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir.
Mr Modi never tires of reminding the world of India being a democracy of one hundred and twenty five crores-1.25 billion- people. In reality however Indian democracy is defunct and quite tenuous beyond the borders of Jammu Kashmir. As if presence of 700, 000 military and para military forces of occupation was not sufficient in Indian occupied territory, the BJP government has unleashed forces of extremism that have become out of control in Kashmir.
The ultra-right wing extremism and chauvinism of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Shiv Sena, Vishwa Hindu Prashad (VHP), and an assortment of other belligerent extremists, have taken lead from Prime Minister Modi’s Hindutva ideology and bellicose political rhetoric that has given rise to extremism which has crossed all limits of decency and civilised behaviour.
Mr Cameron political and democratic expression is being stifled through a combination of militarised oppression, violent extremism, chauvinism and acts of communalism of the BJP and the RSS. Anti-status quo popular leaders like Mr Yasin Malik are prevented contact with masses in an alarming frequency which is an affront to democracy and would not be tolerated in a democratic society.
As can be seen below, Mr Malik for example has been arrested or put under house arrest dozens of times over the past year. Only in the period of last couple of months alone he has been prevented from participating in public events and activities many times. During the 2014 assembly elections Mr Malik was incarcerated throughout the seven week long election process. He was denied not only contact with the public but the occupation authorities violated his fundamental democratic right of assembly and free expression, by keeping him in custody.
 Soon after coming into power Mr Modi intended to change the character of Kashmiri society on the one hand, and on the other Kashmir’s relationship under the so called accession treaty with India- a treaty which in reality is temporary contrary to India’s claim that Kashmir is an integral part of its union. Within first 5 months of his Premiership Mr Modi visited Kashmir 8 times to bring about his intended change. In the assembly elections he had hoped to secure a majority for his BJP which he failed to obtain despite investing so much time and effort.
Mr Modi’s party however secured 29 seats in the 87 seat assembly but all of the seats were won from the Jammu province. This result reflected the communal polarisation of Kashmiri politics with the Modi factor that fanned the flames of BJP/ RSS Hindutva extreme chauvinism, especially in the non-Muslim majority Jammu province. Mr Modi’s government however forced a coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party and with the PDP began to influence policies and actions that have further communalised sections of society within the Jammu region with extreme chauvinist Hindutva political rhetoric.
Repressive and heavy handed actions against the JKLF- and in particular its Chairman Mr Yasin Malik, as well as other anti-status quo leaders have increased over the past year.
Mr Modi wished to abrogate article 370 of the Indian constitution which affirms the autonomous status of Jammu Kashmir, and stipulates the temporary and provisional nature of its relationship and arrangements with India.
However Mr Modi’s failure to have article 370 abrogated led him to embarked upon creating ‘facts on the ground’ by  making demographic changes both in Jammu as well as in the valley of Kashmir.
Kashmiris however whemently opposed the BJP machinations with political activism by the anti-status quo leaders like Mr Malik. The coalition however has exacerbated the political atmosphere due mainly in its failure to curb the rise of communalism and chauvinism of the BJP and RSS in Jammu region of the state.
Mr Cameron death of a young truck driver Zahid Rasool Butt (succumbed to his injuries on 18 October), who was attacked by RSS backed extremists in Unhamper, is a sad example of this state of affairs that now prevails in Jammu Kashmir. Yasin Malik has called this state of affairs a handiwork of rulers who have created an ‘atmosphere’ that ‘pollutes and communalises’ society.  Communal extremist and chauvinists act with impunity as they have no fear of penalties or legal retribution and their actions are an attempt to vitiate the traditional socio- cultural and political solidarity of Jammu Kashmir. Mr Cameron, it seems Prime Minister Modi is engaged in policies that would eventually lead to bifurcation of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir on communal and religious lines.
 Mr Cameron the  BJP and RSS led extremism is a direct result of  Prime Minister Modi’s  political rhetoric which gives the extremists a green signal in adopting social, cultural and political chauvinism, that prior to 2014 had not been a factor in Kashmiri society and most definitely unheard of in the power politics within Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir.
The BJP and RSS extremism is a dangerous and troubling development that would further polarise Jammu Kashmir on religious lines. The ideological collusion and nexus of the BJP and the RSS is a toxic mix which creates fear, intimidation and violence that does not bode well for peace and communal harmony in the region as a whole and Jammu Kashmir in Particular. The presence of more than 700,000 military and paramilitary forces of occupation further emboldens the unholy nexus of these forces of communal disharmony and extremist chauvinism.
Mr Cameron the state oppression and denial of free movement, assembly and free speech is an intolerable situation, to which Mr Yasin Malik and other prominent anti-status quo leaders are subjected to day in day out. Prime Minister Modi’s frequent refrain of India being a democracy of 125 crore loses its meaning when a popular leader of Yasin Malik’s** stature is taken in custody or put under house arrest even during the wedding of his close family members.
As an example the following is an account of Mr Malik’s arrests since August which is a serious indictment against Mr Modi’s ‘democratic’ India.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Details of Mr. Yasin Malik’s arrests and house arrest from August 2015.
·        On way to district Pulwama arrested at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar on 12 August while going to attend the funeral ceremony of one local innocent young civilian Bilal Ahmed Butt who was killed by Indian forces.
·        Ahead of Indo-Pak NSA meeting that was scheduled to be held on 23 August.
·        Mr. Malik was arrested from his residence and detained in a local Police Station (PS) on 20 August and released on Aug. 25.
·        Arrested at Safapora on 28 August while going to district HQ’s of Bandipora to lead and address a peaceful protest rally against human rights violations.
·        House arrested on 6 September on the pretext of Kashmir Flood Anniversary Peaceful Programmes that were scheduled to be held on 7 September organised by local trade and business community to remember the catastrophe and the losses. Released on 8 September.
·        Put under house arrest on 11 September and was not allowed to lead and address a peaceful rally at the district HQ in Ganderbal.
·        Arrested at Zenageer near Sopore and lodged at Sopore PS on 15 September and was not allowed to attend the funeral ceremony of  Bashir Ahmed and son 3 year old Burhan Bashir who were killed by unidentified gunmen backed by government sponsored special task force of police. He was later released on 17 September.
·        Arrested on 22 September while holding a token one day hunger strike against BJP, VHP and RSS high handedness and anti-Kashmir policies adopted by state and Indian authorities, and especially against RSS threats to block Jammu highway from the Valley of Kashmir.
·        Put under house arrest on the evening of 24 September on the pretext of Eid-ul-Azha the next day. Was not allowed to offer Eid prayers.
·        Put under house arrest a day before he was scheduled to lead and address a peaceful protest rally at Kangan in district Ganderbal on 2 October.
·        Arrested from his residence on 8 October and detained at the Kothibagh PS on the pretext that he was to lead a peaceful protest rally at Lal Chowk, Srinagar the following day on 9 October against human rights violations and high handedness of RSS, Indian forces and state authorities. It is worth mentioning here that his elder sister’s son was to enter into wedlock on 8 October and Mr. Malik, and his maternal uncle were to accompany the groom’s wedding party -Barat- and the wedding  function was to take place at Mr. Malik’s residence.
·        Mr Malik was put under house arrest on 11 October when RSS extremists attacked truck drivers from the valley of Kashmir on Jammu Highway near Udhampur. Mr. Malik appealed to the public to observe a peaceful bandh (shut down) on 12 October against the attacks by BJP and RSS extremists and chauvinists backed by government machinery. Mr Malik was immediately put under house arrest.
·        Mr Malik was prevented from attending the funeral of Zahid Rasool Butt (murdered truck driver) at Islamabad in South Kashmir, and was put under house arrest 19 October. Zahid Rasool was attacked by RSS extremists on Jammu Highway near Udhampur and succumbed to his injuries on 18 October.
·        Prevented from addressing a rally in Islamabad on 20 October, to protest at the murder of Zahid Rasool Butt and taken in custody at Islamabad police station.
·        Brought back to Srinagar and kept under custody at Kothibagh Police Station 20Oct to 26 Oct despite suffering serious neck injuries at the hands of the  Central Reserve Police Force-CRPF (para military force)
·        On release Mr Malik admitted himself to the Soura Medical Institute for immediate emergency medical treatment for his neck injuries.
·        Put under House arrest on 26 Oct to 27Oct.
·        Arrested on 31 October ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Srinagar (Scheduled for 7 Nov), and to date (9 Nov) being kept in solitary confinement at Kothibagh police station in Srinagar.

Mr Cameron the method and manner of Mr Malik’s arrests, is clearly undemocratic and devoid of any justification. Mr Malik is a popular leader who commands respect and love of his people and by denying him direct contact with the masses is a serious disregard of his political and democratic rights. Mr Malik’s frequent arrests and denial of his right to engage with the public is a clear indication that India fears the popular Will of the Kashmiri masses.
Despite India’s incessant mantra that Kashmir is an integral part of India or that Kashmir issue does not exist, and that it is all due to Pakistan’s ‘involvement’, and that people of Kashmir are ‘happy’ with India; all that can be said in response to the above, is that India should allow democratic, moderate and popular leaders like Yasin Malik to engage in the public square freely and without harassment and intimidation; and that she should allow for a conducive political environment to emerge for the long awaited UN sanctioned and supervised plebiscite to take place.
Mr Cameron this is a challenge India and above all its current Prime Minister Mr Modi is not prepared to accept. He denies the leadership and the people of Kashmir, to have a say on the future status of their country in a democratic and free popular expression. India’s intransigence and prevarications over Kashmir are a clear betrayal of the UN’s trust over India’s obligations on Kashmir.
Mr Cameron Pakistan too considers the Kashmir issue and the dispute as an ‘unfinished agenda’ of the partition of British India. It therefore becomes all the more important that the dispute is resolved in accordance with the democratic Will and fundamental rights of the people.
Regrettably Mr Cameron your Government considers India as a responsible state that it can be trusted with permanent membership of the UNSC.  For Kashmiris however United Kingdom’s approach amounts to rewarding India for her intransigence and betrayals over its obligations, both at the UN as well as in bilateral commitments on Kashmir. As a permanent member of the UNSC Britain has an obligation to ensure that Kashmiris are allowed the opportunity to exercise their inherent and inalienable right to self-determination through a democratic referendum or a plebiscite.
The question that Kashmiris justifiably ask of powers like the UK with important positions in international affairs- are they prepared to make a stand for the rights of  20 million Kashmiris to self-determination and are they principled enough to take  an Indian prime Minister to task on the Kashmir dispute?
Mr Cameron it is on such a matter of  principle that a British government in 1982 dispatched military task force thousands of miles away to the Falkland Islands  to defend and protect  the right of just 2,900 (2013 figures) Falkland Islanders to self-determination. Equally important example is of the September 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, which your government willingly allowed to take place. The struggle of people of Kashmir is a struggle to exercise the very right that in September 2014 six million Scots were allowed to exercise, to either break or keep their union with the United Kingdom which they had entered into in 1707.
Mr Cameron, contrary to India’s claim the so called Kashmir’s accession treaty with India, obtained through questionable circumstances, is temporary and provisional in any case. Furthermore there are at least a dozen UN resolutions in recognition of the Kashmir dispute that are yet to be implemented. Mr Modi and his government may wish to ignore these historic dimensions and facts of the Kashmir dispute, but the facts on ground are that over the years the people forcibly divided Jammu Kashmir on both sides of the LoC have not reconciled with the status quo.
However Kashmiris want peace for themselves and between India and Pakistan. They have a strong desire for their country to become a bridge of peace and prosperity, and not a bone of contention and enmity in the South Asian sub-continent.
Mr Cameron it is an absolute necessity therefore that constructive engagement and dialogue takes place between the concerned parties. Thus far unfortunately Mr Modi has shown no desire for dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris. Even visits of Kashmiri leaders to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi prompts Mr Modi’s government to cancel scheduled meetings between Indo-Pakistan Foreign office officials. It is therefore a duty and responsibility on a world power like the UK to take Mr Modi to task on such an unbecoming and unreasonable attitude on the question of Kashmir’s future status.
Mr Cameron as long as powerful country like Britain, with privileged position in world affairs, maintains the view, that the “pace and scope” of interaction over Kashmir is up to India and Pakistan, unfortunately such a passive British ‘nudge’ and position  will add no moral or diplomatic pressure on Prime Minister Modi to be constructive over resolving the Kashmir dispute. Furthermore as permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council such a passive British position on an extremely dangerous issue, that could precipitate a catastrophic fourth war between India and Pakistan, is an abandonment of international responsibility and an utter disregard for the 20 million Kashmiris and their fundamental democratic right to self-determination.


Zafar Khan* is head JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau based in United Kingdom

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JKLF Luton Branch to attend protest against Narendra Modi  in huge numbers and with full force.

JKLF Luton Branch to attend protest against Narendra Modi in huge numbers and with full force.

Luton (09 November 2015):  JKLF Luton Branch Organised a planning meeting on Sunday  01 November  to plan and discuss the arrangements  about Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UK.  


The meeting was supervised by the president JKLF Luton Branch Raja Kaman Afsar Khan and the conduct of the meeting was carried out by Luton Branch general Secretary Liaqat Lone.

The agenda of the meeting was Community Mobilization regarding Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi,s visit to UK  on 12 & 13 November 2015.

Apart from the Branch members, The president JKLF UK Zone Sabir Gul and General Secretary JKLF UK Zone Syed Tehseen Gilani were Also present.

Sabir Gul concluded the meeting that Kashmir have seen limitless tragedies and five lakh Kashmiri have sacrificed their lives for freedom. We will not welcome the person whose hands are smeared with the blood of Innocent Kashmiris.

Our struggle is peaceful and we will continue our struggle until we get the unfettered right of self determination.

  Gul reiterated his appeal to the Kashmiri diaspora in UK to make "This Protest" a success" to inform the whole world that Kashmiris Will not accept anything less then freedom.


Israr A Khan
Publicity Secretary
JKLF Luton Branch
Member of Publicity Board JKLF UK


Monday, 9 November 2015
JKLF will protest against Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom.‏

JKLF will protest against Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom.‏

London (09 November 2015): Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) London Branch meeting was held on Saturday 7th November to discuss and make arrangements for the protest against Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom.
It was decided that maximum number of people will be encouraged to attend this protest. JKLF London Branch along with all the organisational branches in UK will attend this protest in huge numbers and with full force.
Meeting was attended by all office bearers of London Branch and discussed many ideas as how to make this protest successful. It was also decided to drive large vehicle around Governments offices especially Downing Street where Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet British Prime Minster David Cameron.  The vehicle will be decorated with banners, highlighting gross Human Rights violations in Jammu Kashmir in order to draw attention from the public and world media present in London to cover this visit.
The van will also be touring around Wembley stadium in London on 13th November, where Narendra Modi is expected to address Indian diaspora gathering.

Iftikhar Sharif

Publicity Secretary,
JKLF London Branch
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
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Memorandum Presented at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-FCO by the JKLF delegation

Memorandum on India’s oppression in Kashmir, including denial of right to assembly and free speech, denying JKLF Chairman Mr Yasin Malik his fundamental right to engage with the public, and growing violent extremist chauvinism led by BJP and RSS nexus in Jammu Kashmir; and on the inaction of UN permanent members including the United Kingdom in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Presented at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-FCO by the JKLF delegation during discussion with the FCO officials on 21 October 2015.
As the UK prepares to welcome Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in November 2015 we consider it our duty to remind Her Majesty’s Government-HMG- that Mr Modi must be taken to task on the unresolved political status of Jammu Kashmir.
Mr Modi should be taken to task on communalism, extremism and chauvinism that has been unleashed under his watch in Kashmir.
He should be taken to task on the oppressive and undemocratic methods adopted by Indian occupation forces to stifle public expression, and deny the pro freedom and anti-status quo politicians like Mr Yasin Malik, their democratic right to engage with the masses in the public square.
He should be reminded that on 1 January 1948 it was an Indian government led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations.
He should be reminded that on 27 October 1947 India invaded Kashmir by landing a battalion of her troops in Srinagar, under the pretext that the then despotic ruler had acceded Kashmir to India on the previous day.
He should be reminded that it is more credible to believe that a plan might already have existed to invade Kashmir under the pretext of accession, when British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan on 14 and 15 August 1947 respectively.
He should be reminded that India invaded Kashmir to throttle a freedom movement of people who endured unimaginable suffering and despotism at the hands of their rulers.
Mr Modi should be reminded of the fact that unlike Pakistan, India refused to enter into ‘Stand Still Agreement’ with the Government of Jammu Kashmir prior to the partition of British India- which clearly indicated India’s ill intent towards Kashmir.
Mr Modi should be reminded that newly emancipated and decolonised India had in fact invaded a country that was an independent and sovereign nation between 15 August, (India’s Independence Day) and 27 October 1947, the day Jammu Kashmir was invaded.
This is certainly the conclusion of independent observers on the period which includes among others, the respected British historian and expert on Kashmir Alastair lamb. Poignantly Kashmiris throughout the world, mark 27 October as a Black day in their history.
Mr Modi should be reminded that there are numerous United Nations Resolutions that clearly stipulate that a plebiscite under the UN’s auspices must be facilitated by India and Pakistan to determine the future status of the state of Jammu Kashmir.
The first of these resolutions was passed in April 1948 then subsequently a plethora of resolutions followed in June 1948, August 1948, January 1949, March 1950, March 1951 and January 1957; all these resolutions require the state of India mainly, to facilitate a plebiscite for determining the status of Jammu Kashmir with unfettered participation of the populace in the plebiscite.
Mr Modi should be reminded that India made many commitments and pledges at the UN, including the following to comply with the wishes, aspirations and rights of the people of Kashmir:
“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.
How ironic that India which demands a permanent seat on the UN Security Council has completely reneged on her solemn commitments and obligations in relation to the Kashmir issue.
India has failed to honour the Shimla Accord of 1972 with Pakistan that required both countries to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Today Mr Modi and his lieutenants have gone as far as to say that there is no Kashmir problem or Kashmir issue, as was declared quite blatantly by Mrs Sushma Swaraj last month at the UN General assembly in New York.
It is incredible therefore that India is demanding a seat at the top table in the comity of nations when she does not care to honour the resolutions of this August world body which with the purpose of its inception, is bound to uphold, the fundamental principles of justice, liberty and democracy for the subjugated, dispossessed and colonised people of the world like the 20 million people of Jammu Kashmir.
It has to be said however that the UN and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, -UNSC- on the question of Kashmir’s future political and constitutional status, have patently failed the 20 million Kashmiris in resolving the issue in accordance with their fundamental right to self-determination.
We strongly believe that UNSC’s Inaction has enabled India to holds on to Kashmir with the force of arms with the presence of over 700-000 military and paramilitary forces of occupation in the territory. These forces, over the past 27 years have killed around 100-000 people, with thousands missing and many hundreds buried in unmarked graves throughout parts of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir. And over these 27 years these forces have committed some of the most outrageous acts of brutality including rape.
As pointed out above Mr Modi should be taken to task on the extremism and chauvinism that his political rhetoric and Hindutva ideology has encouraged, not only in Jammu Kashmir but also in India itself.
Since 2014 Mr Modi’s BJP led government has aggressively pursued its chauvinistic political ideology and has orchestrated to subvert the harmonious social character of society in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir.
Mr Modi never tires of reminding the world of India being a democracy of one hundred and twenty five crores or 1.25 billion people. In reality however Indian democracy is defunct and quite tenuous beyond the borders of Jammu Kashmir.
As if presence of 700-000 military and para military forces of occupation was not sufficient in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP government has unleashed forces of extremism that have become out of control in Kashmir.
The ultra-right wing extremism and chauvinism of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Shiv Sena, Vishwa Hindu Prashad (VHP), and an assortment of other belligerent extremists, have taken lead from Prime Minister Modi’s Hindutva ideology and bellicose political rhetoric that has given rise to extremism which has crossed all limits of decency and civilised behaviour.
Political and democratic expression is being stifled through a combination of militarised oppression and violent extremism, chauvinism and communalist acts of BJP and the RSS. Anti-status quo popular leaders like Mr Yasin Malik are prevented contact with masses in an alarming frequency which is not only an affront to democracy but would not be accepted in a democratic society.
As can be seen below, Mr Malik has been arrested or put under house arrest dozens of times only in a period of last couple of months alone. Even during the assembly elections in November / December of 2014, Mr Malik was incarcerated throughout the seven week long  process, and  was denied not only contact with the public but the Indian authorities violated his basic democratic right of assembly and free expression by keeping him in custody.
Mr Modi since coming to power had intended to change the character of Kashmiri society on the one hand, and on the other Kashmir’s relationship and temporary arrangement under the so called accession treaty with India.
Within first 5 months of his Premiership Mr Modi visited Kashmir 8 times to bring about his intended change. In the 2014 assembly elections he had hoped to secure a majority for his BJP which he failed to obtain despite investing so much time and effort.
Mr Modi’s party however secured 29 seats in the 87 seat assembly but all of the seats were won from the Jammu province. This result therefore reflected that Kashmiri politics had become polarised on communal lines with the Modi factor.
Nevertheless Modi government forced a coalition with the PDP and has since begun to influence policies and actions that have communalised sections of society within the Jammu region who are heavily influenced by the BJP/ RSS extreme chauvinist political rhetoric.
Repressive and heavy handed actions against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF- and in particular its Chairman Mr Yasin Malik, as well as other anti-status quo leaders have increased over the past year.
Mr Modi wished to abrogate article 370 of the Indian constitution which affirms the autonomous status of Jammu Kashmir, and stipulates the temporary and provisional nature of its relationship and arrangements with India.
However Mr Modi’s failure to have article 370 abrogated led him to embarked upon creating ‘facts on the ground’ by  making demographic changes both in Jammu as well as in the valley of Kashmir.
Kashmiris however whemently opposed the BJP machinations with political activism by the anti-status quo leaders like Mr Malik. The coalition however has exacerbated the political atmosphere due mainly in its failure to curb the rise of communalism and chauvinism of the BJP and RSS in Jammu region of the state.
Death of truck driver Zahid Rasool Butt (succumbed to his injuries on 18 October), who was attacked by RSS backed extremists in Unhamper, is a sad example of this state of affairs that now prevails in Jammu Kashmir. This situation is the handiwork of rulers who have created an ‘atmosphere’ that “pollutes and communalises” society according to Mr Yasin Malik.  
The forces of extremism and chauvinism act with impunity as they have no fear of penalties or legal retribution. Their actions are an attempt to vitiate the traditional socio- cultural and political solidarity of Jammu Kashmir.
It has to be said that the tyranny of the BJP and RSS led extremism is a direct result of the Modi effect or phenomenon. His political rhetoric gives the extremists a green signal in adopting social, cultural and political chauvinism, that prior to 2014 had not been a factor in Kashmiri society.
The BJP and RSS extremism is a dangerous and troubling development that would further polarise Jammu Kashmir on religious lines. The ideological collusion and nexus of the BJP and the RSS creates fear, intimidation and violence that does not bode well for peace and communal harmony in the region and particularly in Kashmir.
The presence of more than 700,000 thousand military and paramilitary forces of occupation further emboldens the unholy nexus of these forces of communal disharmony and extremist chauvinism.
The state oppression and denial of right to assembly and free speech is an intolerable situation to which Mr Yasin Malik and other prominent anti-status quo leaders are subjected to day in day out.
Mr Modi’s frequent refrain of India being a democracy of 125 crore loses its meaning when a popular leader of MrYasin Malik’s stature is taken in custody or put under house arrest even during the wedding of his close family members.
The following account of Mr Malik’s arrests is a serious indictment on Mr Modi’s ‘democratic’ India
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Details of Mr. Yasin Malik’s arrests and house arrest from August 2015.
·       On way to district Pulwama arrested at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar on 12 August while going to attend the funeral ceremony of one local innocent young civilian Bilal Ahmed Butt who was killed by Indian forces.
·       Ahead of Indo-Pak NSA meeting that was scheduled to be held on 23 August.
·       Mr. Malik was arrested from his residence and detained in a local Police Station (PS) on 20 August and released on Aug. 25.
·       Arrested at Safapora on 28 August while going to district HQ’s of Bandipora to lead and address a peaceful protest rally against human rights violations.
·       House arrested on 6 September on the pretext of Kashmir Flood Anniversary Peaceful Programmes that were scheduled to be held on 7 September organised by local trade and business community to remember the catastrophe and the losses. Released on 8 September.
·       Put under house arrest on 11 September and was not allowed to lead and address a peaceful rally at the district HQ in Ganderbal.
·       Arrested at Zenageer near Sopore and lodged at Sopore PS on 15 September and was not allowed to attend the funeral ceremony of  Bashir Ahmed and son 3 year old Burhan Bashir who were killed by unidentified gunmen backed by government sponsored special task force of police. He was later released on 17 September.
·       Arrested on 22 September while holding a token one day hunger strike against BJP, VHP and RSS high handedness and anti-Kashmir policies adopted by state and Indian authorities, and especially against RSS threats to block Jammu highway from the Valley of Kashmir.
·       Put under house arrest on the evening of 24 September on the pretext of Eid-ul-Azha the next day. Was not allowed to offer Eid prayers.
·       Put under house arrest a day before he was scheduled to lead and address a peaceful protest rally at Kangan in district Ganderbal on 2 October.
·       Arrested from his residence on 8 October and detained at the Kothi-bagh PS on the pretext that he was to lead a peaceful protest rally at Lal Chowk, Srinagar the following day on 9 October against human rights violations and high handedness of RSS, Indian forces and state authorities. It is worth mentioning here that his elder sister’s son was to enter into wedlock on 8 October and Mr. Malik, and his maternal uncle were to accompany the groom’s wedding party -Barat- and the wedding  function was to take place at Mr. Malik’s residence.
·       Mr Malik was put under house arrest on 11 October when RSS extremists attacked truck drivers from the valley of Kashmir on Jammu Highway near Udhampur. Mr. Malik appealed to the public to observe a peaceful bandh (shut down) on 12 October against the attacks by BJP and RSS extremists and chauvinists backed by government machinery. Mr Malik was immediately put under house arrest.
·       Mr Malik was prevented from attending the funeral of Zahid Rasool Butt (murdered truck driver) at Islamabad in South Kashmir, and was put under house arrest 19 October. Zahid Rasool was attacked by RSS extremists on Jammu Highway near Udhampur and succumbed to his injuries on 18 October.
·       Prevented from addressing a rally in Islamabad on 20 October, to protest at the murder of Zahid Rasool Butt and taken in custody at Islamabad police station.


The method and manner of Mr Malik’s arrests, is clearly undemocratic and devoid of any justification. Mr Malik is a popular leader who commands respect and love of his people and by denying him direct contact with the masses is a serious disregard of his political and democratic rights.
Mr Malik’s frequent arrests and denial of his right to engage with the public is a clear indication that India fears the popular will of the Kashmiri masses.
Despite India’s incessant mantra that Kashmir is an integral part of India or that Kashmir issue does not exist, and that it is all Pakistan’s doing, and that people of Kashmir are ‘happy’ with India; all that can be said in response is that India should allow democratic, moderate and popular leaders like Yasin Malik to engage in the public square.
This is a challenge India is not prepared to accept by deny leadership and the people to have a say on the future status of the Jammu Kashmir state in a democratic and free plebiscite.
India’s intransigence and prevarications over Kashmir are a clear betrayal of the UN and India’s responsibilities and obligations over Kashmir.
Pakistan too considers the Kashmir issue and the dispute as the ‘unfinished agenda’ of the partition of British India. It therefore becomes all the more important that the dispute is resolved in accordance with the democratic will and fundamental rights of the people.

Regrettably British view is that India is a responsible state and therefore it can be trusted with permanent membership of the UNSC. In our view however this would be tantamount to rewarding India for her intransigence and betrayals over its obligations both at the UN as well as in bilateral commitments on Kashmir.
As permanent member of the UNSC Britain has an obligation to ensure that Kashmiris are allowed the opportunity to exercise their inherent and inalienable right to self determination
Kashmiris want peace between India and Pakistan. They harbour a strong desire for Kashmir to become a bridge of peace and prosperity, and not a bone of contention and enmity in the South Asian sub-continent.
To this end however it is an absolute necessity that constructive engagement and dialogue takes place between the concerned parties. Thus far however Mr Modi has shown no desire for dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris.
As long as powerful country like Britain, with privileged position in world affairs maintains the view, that the “pace and scope” of interaction over Kashmir is up to India and Pakistan, unfortunately such a passive British ‘nudge’ will add no moral or diplomatic pressure on India to be constructive over resolving the Kashmir issue.

Furthermore as permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council -UNSC- such a passive British position on an extremely dangerous issue, that could precipitate a catastrophic fourth war between India and Pakistan, is an abandonment of 20 million Kashmiris and their fundamental right to freedom.

Prof Zafar Khan

Head of Diplomatic Bureau
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF
London Secretariat.
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