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Saturday, 31 July 2010
Demonstration in London against “Human Rights Violations in Kashmir”

Demonstration in London against “Human Rights Violations in Kashmir”

A protest outside the Indian High Commission in London on 31 July 2010, by JKLF UK Zone, highlighted the continued Human Rights Violations in Kashmir by Indian Armed forces. Members and supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), including women and children along with the supporters of the Kashmiri cause gathered in front of Indian High Commission in London where they shouted slogans against Human Rights abuses by Indian troops in Kashmir. The demonstrators were holding play cards and banners highlighting the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir. The objective of the protest was to draw world attention towards the recent killings of Kashmiri youth, forced disappearances and custodial killings of innocent Kashmiris in Indian occupied territory.

The protesters called on the Indian government to immediately release all political prisoners that have been arrested in order to stop the massive public demonstrations and peaceful processions after killings of Kashmiri children by Indian army. They also called on the international community the check the excesses that the Indian occupation forces have unleashed on the people of Kashmir over the past month.

Addressing to the protestors on this occasion, President of JKLF UK Zone Mahmood Hussain said that Indian army is killings innocent and unarmed youth of Kashmir on daily basis. He said that yesterday on 30th July 4 Kashmiri youth were martyred who were peacefully protesting. He further said that India have a substantial military presence in Kashmir, and has deployed as many as 800,000 military soldiers.   He said that utter disregard and abuse of human rights has been a feature of military operations by Indian forces in Kashmir with deaths, rapes, collective punishment and disappearances of innocent young men. Mahmood Hussain said that it is very unfortunate that due to so-called current ‘war on terrorism’, Indian authorities have literally got away with murder of Kashmiri youth in occupied territory.

JKLF UK Zone President also denounced the British Premier David Cameron for not highlighting the Kashmir Issue with Indian leadership. He said that Britain has a primary duty to engage with India and Pakistan for the lasting peace in South Asia. He also appealed the international community to play its role in order to stop these atrocities immediately and help resolve this outstanding issue, according to the will and aspirations of the people. He said that the international human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Red Cross should come forward and raise this issue and launch an impartial probe.  He also demanded that India should come clear on the whereabouts of the missing persons and political prisoners lodged in Indian Jails without fair trails.

Mahmood Hussain called on Kashmiri pro-freedom parties to fight unanimously for the Kashmiri people’s right of self determination. He said that lesser levels of oppressions in the world have changed political maps elsewhere, while Kashmiris continue to suffer in their struggle for justice, human dignity, freedom, democracy and the inherent and inalienable right of self-determination. He further said that JKLF along with other Kashmiri parties will lobby on international forums to muster up the popular political and diplomatic support in favour of the people of Kashmir for their inherent, inalienable and internationally recognised and pledged right to complete independence. He reiterated that peaceful struggle for right of self determination will continue despite nefarious and violent methods of suppression by the Indian state against the people of Kashmir.

General Secretary JKLF UK Zone Syed Tehseen Gilani on this occasion condemned India government’s decision to curb newspapers and local news channels in Indian controlled Kashmir. Terming it a desperate act by India to hide the raising calls for a plebiscite in Kashmir, he said that the move to bar the channels has raised serious concerns about the freedom of expression in Kashmir. He said that Kashmir is the only place on this planet where 1000 unmarked graves were found last year and no enquiry had taken place. He termed it as black spot on Indian so called democracy. He said that the grave sites are believed to contain the remains of victims of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other abuses by the occupying forces in Indian Held Kashmir. He further said that more than 10,000 people have disappeared in custody of Indian forces in Kashmir and the revelation of mass graves has increased the fear of their whereabouts.

A memorandum was also presented to Indian official. The memorandum highlighted that the iron fisted policy of Indian administration along with draconian laws continued to increase the possibility of blatant and unbridled violations of human rights. Saying that repression is not the answer to the popular sentiments of the people, the Kashmiri community representatives urged Indian government to pay heed to the saner voices with in India that were recognizing

Others who also spoke were Chuadry Mohammad Iqbal, Ali Asghar, Chaudry Yousuf, Malik Mushtaq; Prof. Shahid Iqbal, Kaman Afsar, Khawaja Kabeer Ahmed, Mahmood Faiz, Sanawar Hussain, and representatives of other political organisations in UK.
Khawaja Kabeer Ahmed
Secretary Information,
JKLF (UK) Zone

Wednesday, 28 July 2010
JKLF Appeal to People to Join Protest in London

JKLF Appeal to People to Join Protest in London

JKLF in Britain has appealed to freedom loving people living in Britain to join protest against Indian oppression in Kashmir. The protest has been organised by JKLF in UK and will be held in front of Indian High Commission London on Saturday 31 July 2010 (Time 12pm to 3pm)
Monday, 26 July 2010
JKLF to protest in front of Indian High Commission, London on 31st July 2010

JKLF to protest in front of Indian High Commission, London on 31st July 2010

JKLF to protest in front of Indian HC, London over continued Human Rights Violation in Kashmir
London, July 26 2010.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK Zone will stage a protest demonstration in front of the Indian High Commission in London on Saturday, July 31 (12pm to 3pm) to record their protest over the continued human rights violations in Kashmir and recent killings of over dozen Kashmiri children in occupied territory by Indian Army.

JKLF in Britain has appealed people in Britain to join this protest against Indian oppression in motherland Kashmir and support the demonstration by bringing their families.

Khawaja Kabir Ahmed, Press Secretary, (JKLF UK Zone)

Saturday, 24 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
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AI should persuade India to honour people’s sentiments in Kashmir: JKLF

London (July 23, 2010)
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front –JKLF- UK Zone has strongly condemned the continued human rights violations in Kashmir by Indian armed personnel especially recent killings of Kashmiri children.

President of JKLF in UK, Mahmood Hussain while writing to Amnesty International (AI) condemned the Indian Governments track record of human rights in Kashmir. He asked AI to persuade India to honour the people’s sentiments in the occupied territory. While blaming India for unrest in Kashmir, he added that it is the result of unjust and forcible occupation of state by Indian forces that thousands of people are on streets asking for justice and freedom. Mr Hussain reminded AI  that  India must not  be allowed to keep  people of Jammu Kashmir in political  servitude   with  an occupation force  of  800,000  military  and paramilitary soldiers.

In the meanwhile, Amnesty International has written back to JKLF Zonal President and explained the steps taken by them regarding the current situation in Kashmir. The AI statement said that “Over the last month, a total of 11 persons, at least eight of them children between 13 and 19 years old, were allegedly killed in shootings by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitary personnel stationed across the Kashmir valley, as protestors defied curfew regulations, held violent demonstrations and often clashed with the security personnel in Srinagar, Sopore and other towns which were put under curfew. Authorities in India should avoid excessive use of force while dealing with demonstrators in the Kashmir valley”.

Khawaja Kabir Ahmed
Press Secretary,
JKLF (UK) Zone
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
JKLF UK Zone Held its Convention, Mahmood Hussain elected its President

JKLF UK Zone Held its Convention, Mahmood Hussain elected its President

JKLF (UK Zone) Convention
Nottingham (19th July 2010)
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) UK Zone held its convention in Nottingham on Sunday 18th July 2010 in which a new Zonal body was elected for the next 3-5 year term. Senior JKLF leader in UK Mahmood Hussain was unanimously elected its President and Tehseen Gilani as General Secretary.  

The convention was attended by hundreds of JKLF delegates from across the United Kingdom, prominent British Parliamentarians, councillors and other distinguished guests from various political backgrounds.  The outgoing General Secretary and President presented a comprehensive report about the three year performance of JKLF UK Zone followed by elections of the Zonal executive body. Senior JKLF leader from Sheffield and election commissioner Prof. Abdul Assim conducted the elections and also took oath from the newly elected body.

The new elected office bearers of JKLF UK Zone are
·        Mahmood Hussain (London) President
·        Chaudhry Iqbal (Bedford)                 Senior Vice President
·        Rasib Kashmiri (Peterborough)          Vice President
·        Syed Tehseen Gilani (Luton)  General Secretary
·        Ali Asghar (Nottingham)                    Organiser
·        Khawaja Gulfaraz (Sheffield) Joint Secretary
·        Mohammad Rafiq (Bedford) Treasurer
·        Khawaja Kabir Ahmed (Leeds)        Press Secretary

Four members of the Executive Committee were also elected
  • Mahmood Faiz (London)
  • Zahid Qureshi (Birmingham)
  • Javed Tahir (Peterborough)
  • Mohammed Iqbal (Manchester)
The remaining three members of the executive committee will be elected in the first executive meeting due next month.

Immediately after the successful convention, a large public meeting took place in which senior JKLF leaders addressed the gathering and various other speakers including local MP’s, councillors, prominent public figures and representatives from various Kashmir and other organisations spoke on this occasion.

Speaking on this occasion prominent British Peer Lord Nazir Ahmed congratulated the newly elected body of UK Zone He condemned the human rights violations and recent killings of Kashmiri youth by Indian armed forces in Kashmir. He said India must stop human rights abuses in Kashmir. Lord Nazir said that Kashmiris must unite on one point agenda of “Right of Self-Determination” to form consensus amongst themselves for the sake of the sacrifices given by thousand of Kashmiris.

Other prominent people who spoke on this occasion included Vernon Coaker MP, Lilian Greenwood MP, Councilor Aslam JP, Councilor Gul Nawan, Maqsood Chaudry, Haji Rauf Khan, Khawaja Kabeer Ahmed, Sajjad Vasti and Ali Asghar.

The newly elected president of UK Zone Mahmood Hussain thanked the delegates for giving him the opportunity to serve the JKLF UK zone. He promised to organise the party effectively and work closely with other parties for the right of self-determination.
All the participants and speakers appreciated the manner in which this convention was held inline with the true democratic values and norms.

Khawaja Kabir Ahmed,
Information Secretary, JKLF UK Zone

Monday, 19 July 2010
All Parties Seminar condemned India for recent Killings

All Parties Seminar condemned India for recent Killings

Press Release 
Rawalpindi: The political leadership of Azad Kashmir has declared that it would not accept any solution of Kashmir Issue not based on the freely expressed will of the people of entire Jammu Kashmir State nor any solution that might perpetuate the present division of the State. Kashmiri leadership also condemned in strongest terms Indian government for the reign of terror that it has lot loose in her occupied part of Jammu Kashmir State and warned it of the dangerous consequences of these misdeeds.
          These declaration were made in two resolutions adopted in a seminar held under the auspices of All Parties Committee for Kashmiri Peoples Right of Self-determination, an alliance of 15 political parties of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan aimed at common struggle to regain Kashmiri peoples inherent, internationally recognized and pledged but now being denied right of  Self-determination.

                    Speakers at the seminar paid rich tribute to the martyr’s of July 13, 1931 and to those who laid down their lives since the for their national emancipation and pledged to continue their struggle until they reached their ultimate goal of Kashmiris becoming the sole masters of their destiny.

          Presided over by Azad Kashmir Jamaat Islamis’ A.R. Chohan, the seminar was addressed by Mr. Amanullah Khan Convener of All Parties Committee for Kashmiri Peoples Right of Self-determination and Patron-in-Chief of JKLF, Khawaja Riaz of Liberation League, Ch. Munir of PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) Agha Salahuddin of Muslim Confrence, Sattar-ul-Qammar of Kashmir Freedom Movement, Raja Ghulam Mujtaba of Students Liberation Front and Bilal Shakeel of JKPP besides two Kashmiri intellectuals Sheikh Ameen and Ghulamullah Kyani.

Manzoor Ahmed Khan
Hon, Office Secretary

Friday, 16 July 2010
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JKLF chief opposes self-governance

GILGIT: Amanullah Khan, chief of his own faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has said that any move to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province of Pakistan will damage the struggle of millions of Kashmiris fighting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan state.

“If the liberation movement in the Indian occupied Kashmir fails, the people wishing to make Gilgit-Baltistan part of Pakistan will be held responsible,” Khan told The Express Tribune in an exclusive interview late on Tuesday night in Gilgit.
Amanullah Khan, who originally belongs to Astor district of Gilgit, said that the G-B Self-Governance Order 2009, has caused irreparable loss to the Kashmir cause as giving a province-like status to the region means burying the Kashmir issue for good.
“Bringing G-B under Pakistan’s Constitution will mean that the region isn’t disputed and that India has the right to continue its rule over its part of Kashmir against the wishes of its people,” he elaborated.

The JKLF chief urged the Pakistan government to make the G-B council independent, withdrawing representation of the prime minister and five other federal ministers from it. He added that the area should have a prime minister and a president in the style of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Khan described the G-B Self-Governance Order 2009 “a sugar-coated pill whose bitterness will feel once its surface melts.”
Khan said the process of “slow poisoning” initiated by the Pakistan government would seal the fate of Kashmiris who have rendered innumerable sacrifices for getting independence from Indian occupation.

“The day G-B is given the status of a province in Pakistan, the longstanding Kashmir issue will come to an abrupt end, leaving no opportunity for anyone to defend it anymore. And I am sensing a change in the thinking of people too, which is suicidal, to say the least,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2010.
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