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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Statement by Zafar Khan, the head JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau On the Illegal Dismemberment of Jammu Kashmir by the Indian government:


Statement by Zafar Khan, the head of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s Diplomatic Bureau

 On the Illegal Dismemberment of Jammu Kashmir by the Indian government:
·       A reunified and sovereign state of Jammu Kashmir will be in the best interest of India, which in its composition as a society, is more disparate than Pakistan, than a broken and dismembered Jammu Kashmir:
·       There can be no compromise on our inherent, inalienable and internationally recognised unfettered, and sovereign right to self-determination.
London   8 August: In a statement issued in London from its international Secretariat, the Diplomatic Bureau of the JKLF strongly condemned Indian government’s illegal decision to dismember the state of Jammu Kashmir.
 The head of JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau Prof Zafar Khan called the Modi government’s decision illegal as well as a monumental folly. And said that abrogation of article 370 means that Jammu Kashmir’s conditional constitutional relationship with the Indian union was at an end both in terms of India’s domestic and international law which, renders India’s presence in Jammu Kashmir as that of an occupying foreign power.
 The head of JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau said that People of Jammu Kashmir have not only been betrayed by the right wing chauvinist RSS supported BJP government of India, but it has also snubbed the international community with utter disregard and disdain regarding India’s international commitments and obligations to the people, and  on their right of self-determination.
He said that through illegal annexation the Modi government wilfully sought to break up territorial unity of Jammu Kashmir and destroy its unique character and identity through absorption as union territory to rule directly from New Delhi’ and also to inflame sectarian and communalism to aid his party’s political objectives in India itself.
Zafar Khan said that 5 August 2019 for ever will be etched in the memory of people in Jammu Kashmir as a black day, and a catastrophe or a day of Nakba as Prime Minister Modi and his ultra-chauvinist henchmen deviously contrived to replicate a Palestine like situation, particularly in the valley of Kashmir to engineer a demographic change.
He said the world was watching this so called Modi’s RSS inspired final solution of the Kashmir issue, which in reality means that millions of men, women and children are now imprisoned in their own homes completely cut off from each other in their own country and from the rest of the civilised world, with guns of literally tens of thousands of India’s para military and military troops, pointed at their heads throughout the greater valley of Kashmir, in the Pir Panjal region, and in the regions of Doda, Kishtwar, Badarwah and parts of Jammu including Rajauri and Poonch. He condemned the total siege and lock down of Kashmir and demanded that the iron curtain which has descended on Jammu Kashmir, turning the entire region from Kargil to Rajauri into a gigantic prison, must be lifted.
He said Indian government should not harbour any misconception of disunity among the citizens of the state as there is an in build internal unity and solidarity of long standing among the Dogras, in Jammu and Muslims in the valley and other parts of the state on the sanctity of 35 A which is a direct attack on the identity and wellbeing of inhabitants from all ethnic and social and religious backgrounds.
 Zafar Khan pointed out that absorption of Jammu Kashmir into the Indian union in such an underhand and deceitful manner will not be acceptable and will prove to be fatally detrimental to the Indian union itself, as is being recognised by a very large number of people across all sections of the Indian society.   The head of the JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau strongly emphasised that a reunified and sovereign state of Jammu Kashmir will be in the best interest of India, which in its composition as a society, is more disparate than Pakistan, than a broken and dismembered Jammu Kashmir.
 Zafar Khan strongly condemned the politically motivated incarceration of JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik and many other Kashmiri leaders who are being kept in Delhi’s Tihar jail. He said Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and many others are patriotic Kashmiris who want a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and supportive of dialogue between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership. Keeping these leaders behind bars and others under house arrest is not only inhuman, vindictive and politically motivated but also colonialistic, and a loss to the achievement of a lasting resolution of the conflict. He called on the Modi government to release the Kashmiri leaders as they are a part of the solution not a part of the problem.
Zafar Khan strongly emphasised that the just and historic struggle for a dignified and peaceful resolution of the issue  will continue, as there can be no compromise made on our inherent, inalienable  and internationally recognised unfettered, and sovereign right to self-determination. END

 Prof Zafar Khan
Head of Diplomatic Bureau
Jammu Kashmir liberation Front-JKLF-
International Secretariat-119-123 Cannon St Road London E1 2XL
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