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Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Protest in London on World Human Rights Day

Protest in London on World Human Rights Day

A protest outside the Indian High Commission in London on 10 December 2012 on the occasion of World Human Rights Day by JKLF UK, highlighted the continued Human Rights Violations in Kashmir by Indian Armed forces. Members and supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), 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 life sentences given to Kashmiri youth in Indian Held Kashmir.

The protesters called on the Indian government to immediately release all political. 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 last over two decades.

On 3rd December, 2012, a kangaroo court in Jammu awarded life sentences to two Kashmiris Sheikh Nazir Ahmed and Shoukat Ahmed, who had both spent nearly 15 years in Indian jails without trial after being arrested in 1990s. They were released on bail over 7 years ago but rearrested recently and awarded life imprisonment. Two weeks ago, another Kashmiri, Dr Qasim Faktoo was sentenced to life imprisonment under similar circumstance.

A memorandum was also presented to Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh. 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

The protest was well attended by functionaries of JKLF from all major cities of UK including  Mahmood Hussain, Zafar Khan, Syed Tahseen Gilani, Khan Farooq Khan, Tariq Sharif, Mahmood Faiz; Sanawar Hussain, Kaman Afsar, Sabir Gul, Malik Latif, Khawaja Latif, Ahsan Ansari, Zafran Mirza, Chaudry Liaqat, Tanveer Malik, Raja Ayub and many representatives of other political organisations in UK.

Secretary Information,

Friday, 7 December 2012
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JKLF to Protest in London on World Human Rights Day

(London) Members of the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), will hold a protest demonstration at the Indian High Commission in London against widespread human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir on the occasion of World Human Rights Day on 10th December. It is to coincide with a shutter-down call by JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik, in Kashmir to protest against the recent cases of awarding life sentences to several Kashmiris under the notorious TADA law which was repealed in India as far back as 1995 but still used in Kashmir to suppress the Kashmiri  independence movement..

On 3rd December, 2012, a kangaroo court in Jammu awarded life sentences to two Kashmiris Sheikh Nazir Ahmed and Shoukat Ahmed, who had both spent nearly 15 years in Indian jails without trial after being arrested in 1990s. They were released on bail over 7 years ago but rearrested recently and awarded life imprisonment. Two weeks ago, another Kashmiri, Dr Qasim Faktoo was sentenced to life imprisonment under similar circumstance.

A JKLF spokesman in London said that “these are serious and worrying cases and point to Indian government intention to hoodwink the world opinion about what it has been doing in J&K for last 3 decades. It makes a mockery of empty gestures of ‘peace process’ and ‘political dialogue’.

“We have taken serious notice of the latest developments and have approached the Amnesty International, All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir and other international human rights organizations to take up the issue with the Indian government.”

Protest Venue:         Indian High Commission, Aldych, London. WC2B 4NA
Nearest Tube Station:        Holborn (Central Line)

Date:              Monday 10th December 2012
Time:              2-4pm (A protest memorandum will be presented to the Indian High Commission at 3 pm)

Background Information:
On Thursday, 5th December, 2012 the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir published an investigatory report accusing 500 serving Army, paramilitary and police personnel in Jammu-Kashmir of allegations of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The report entitled “stories of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir” sights 215 cases and named 235 army, 123 paramilitary, 111 police and 31 counter-insurgency personnel of  rights abuses such as extra-judicial  killings, enforced disappearances, torture of prisoners and raping Kashmiri women since 1990. Among the accused, there are 2 Major Generals and 3 Brigadiers, 9 Colonels, 3 Lieutenant Colonels, 78 Majors, 25 Captains belonging to the Indian Army and 37 senior officials of the paramilitary forces as well as a retired and current director general of the Jammu-Kashmir Police.

The 354-page report, which was compiled using information obtained through the Right to Information Act, includes witness testimonies as well as court cases and cases registered with the police, which have not been investigated.  The cases documented in the report reveal Indian government’s policy not to investigation or prosecution cases against the armed forces in Jammu-Kashmir.

On the other hand, Indian government has started to prosecute and punish pro-independence activists under the ‘lawless laws’ for agitating against Indian occupation of Jammu-Kashmir.

The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA); which was condemned by Indian judiciary at the highest level in 1995 and repealed, under which a person could be detained without formal charge or trial for up to one year and which allowed court hearings to be conducted in secret with keeping the identity of any witness secret and where confessions by torture were permissible on simple police assurance that it was obtained voluntarily. 

In 2008, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions ruled that 10 individuals detained under the PSA in J&K had been arbitrarily detained in violation of articles 7, 9, 10 and 11(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 9 and 14 of the ICCPR.  It called on the Government of India to bring its laws in conformity with its international human rights obligations.

‘The Working Group is aware of the political  sensitivities regarding the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the complex law and order situation ensuing in that part of the country.  As a part of its crisis management system, the Government is using laws of preventive detention, including the PSA …. Be that as it may, any legal, administrative or other mechanism employed, must conform to international human rights standards and obligations undertaken by the Government of India.’   
          UN WGAD opinion on 10 PSA cases from J&K, 26 November 2008

Hundreds of lawyers have sought to challenge these detentions under the PSA through habeas corpus petitions. According to the High Court registry in Srinagar, 367 habeas corpus petitions were filed in 2008, 272 in 2009 and 159 up to 19 May 2010.  It is estimated that about 70% of these refer to cases of administrative detention under the PSA law.

The PSA violates international human rights law and standards by providing for detention without trial while denying the possibility of judicial review and other safeguards for those in detention required under international human rights law. It also violates the principle of legality by defining offences so broadly as to allow security officials to detain individuals on extremely vague grounds including for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.” A ‘Lawless Law’, Detentions under the J&K Public Safety Act  - Amnesty International, March 2011

Out of the over 600 cases studied by AI, approximately 290 detainees were found to be booked under the Arms Act offences. In approximately 160 cases, detainees were alleged to be in possession of fire arms or other such weapons when arrested but only 3 out of the 290 detainees were eventually convicted for possession of weapons. In Jammu-Kashmir the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, facilitates impunity for abuses and violations. It empowers Indian Security Forces to search homes and make arrests without warrants and provides them the right to shoot-to-kill with total immunity from prosecution. The Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act (JKPSA) empowers Indian forces to detain persons without trial for up to 4 for a broad range of activities that would be considered political and civil rights elsewhere in the world. 

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Monday, 19 November 2012
JKLF in Britain urged Kashmiris in Diaspora to unite on one platform and strengthen the movement

JKLF in Britain urged Kashmiris in Diaspora to unite on one platform and strengthen the movement

JKLF President, Azmat A Khan, addressing a public meeting organized by the Birmingham branch has said that JKLF was set to change the history of Kashmir and the map of Indian sub-continent just as JKLF struggle has changed the history of independence movement in Jammu Kashmir. He urged the UK Kashmiris to unite on one platform and strengthen the JKLF movement. He said that a number of major projects are underway by  JKLF at diplomatic level and for that his organisation was in dire need of funds and asked his members to donate generously as they had been doing for nearly 3 decades. He said that JKLF leaders will not allow the Kashmiri martyrs blood waste in vain. He further said that both India and Pakistan are intendeing to declare LOC as a international border which will not be acceptable to Kashmiris on both sides and if their voice was not heard their movement would take a dangerous turn and all responsibility will lie with those who are not listening to our peaceful protests. 

European MP, Phil Bennion, who was a Chief Guest at the JKLF’s annual gathering said that Kashmir issue needed to be resolved for the better relations and peace between India and Pakistan and that a sustainable solution was to give Kashmiri people in all occupied areas a chance to decide their future through a internationally supervised referendum.

Other speakers who spoke for UK Kashmiris  included JKLF general secretary Tehseen Gillani, Sabir Gull, Professor Zafar khan, Choudhary Ashraf khan, Masoom Ansari, Najib Afsar, Mumtaz Mirza and Councillor Ansar ali. Their main focus  was the demand that international community should come forward and help the Kashmiris to achieve their right of self determination. Many speakers condemned the Act 74 of AJK government, which they said was an instrument of slavery for the nation and stated that  Gilgit baltistan was integral part of Jammu Kashmir so Pakistan should not try to unitlaterally declare it as its province, which would not only violate the United Nation resolutions on Kashmir but also give India an execuse to do the same for Ladakh and Jammu  They speakers urged  Pakistan government not to back stab the Kashmiri movement.  They warned that  Pakistani attempts to declare provincial status for Gilgit Baltistan would backfire and , JKLF and allies will launch a worldwide movement across the world against pakistan.
Before this Public meeting JKLF Birmingham Branch election was held and Choudhry Ashraf khan was elected as President and Javid Iqbal as General Secretary. Other office bearers are Raja Tika Khan, Adnan Ali Butt, Qayum Ansari, Waseem Ansari, Nazakat Bhatti, Younis Ansari, Aurangzaib Mirza, Shoiab Janjua. All the newly elected members took oath and said that they will carry on working for the Independence of Kashmir and betterment of Kashmiris.

The JKLF event promoted Kashmiri Culture and folk music was presented by British born young Kashmiris. Women and children also participated in the event.   

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Thursday, 1 November 2012
JKLF launch Parliamentary petition in UK for return of Maqbool Butt remains

JKLF launch Parliamentary petition in UK for return of Maqbool Butt remains

London (1 November, 2012):
Kashmir’s premier pro-independence party, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) today launched a parliamentary petition to be signed by members of Commons and Lords during an All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir meeting in London last night. At a meeting chaired by Lord Ahmed, who himself originates from Kashmir, many Kashmir related issues including the issue of Kashmir’s unmarked mass graves, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings and imprisonment of minors as well as the constitutional issue of Azad Kashmir including Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan territories were debated. It was decide that the APPG would support the move to launch a parliamentary petition to be sent to the President of India to ask for the return of mortal remains of Kashmiri independence leader, Maqbool Butt, who was hanged in Tihar jail in 1984 and buried inside the jail premises. Indian government has been refusing to return his mortal remains for burial in Kashmir for all these years. A JKLF delegation led by its president in UK, Azmat A Khan, gave a briefing at the high level meeting of members of parliament on several issues and asked for the group to take up action points. The members of the All Party Parliamentary Kashmir group who signed the petition during the meeting include, Lord Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain (a former leader of JKLF), Sir Gerald Kaufman MP (Manchester Gorton), David Ward MP (Bradford), Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham), Gavin Shuker MP (Luton), Lady Sarah Ludworth (MEP). Another 6 MPs added their names to the petition later overnight.

A JKLF briefing paper was presented at the meeting, where members of two international NGOs and other official observers and researchers were present and took part in discussions as to how to move forward with the conflict resolution in Kashmir and bring about international political pressure on both India and Pakistan to honor their pledged for self-determination in Jammu-Kashmir, which has been pending for 65 years. JKLF president Azmat Khan and vice president London Cllr Mehmood Husssain stressed to the group that appropriate action in both houses of UK parliament and with relevant UK ministers was pertinent on the issues of human rights. The APP group decided to re-double its efforts in seeking permission to take a fact-finding mission to Kashmir. The JKLF briefing paper quoted several international reports which highlighted the mass scale abuses of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir and urged UK government to ban Indian security personnel from entering UK who were accused of involvement in atrocities in Jammu Kashmir.

JKLF delegation also raised concerns with constitutional issues in Azad Kashmir assembly elections where pro-independence candidates are barred from contesting elections and also demanded that Pakistani government should halt its program of illegally annexing Gilgit-Baltistan. The issue of Kashmiri ethnic identity in United Kingdom was also raised in the meeting.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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JKLF London Branch Meeting Held

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) London Branch held a special meeting in Walthamstow, London to discuss the current situation of Kashmir freedom movement and role of JKLF UK zone to internationalise this long standing unresolved issue. Various suggestions were discussed in the meeting including chalking out the activities for the next six months to highlight the Kashmir issue from Kashmir perspective.

The statement issued after the meeting, said that JKLF condemns the plans of Pakistani authororities to annex Gilgit Baltistan and make it a fifth province. Any such illegal move by Pakistan Government will be resisted by the people of Jammu Kashmir with full force. The statement further said that JKLF has always been of the opinion that the most practicable, democratic and honourable solution of Jammu Kashmir issue is to allow the people of divided regions a free and fair referendum to determine their future according to their own free will.

Speaking on this occation, Senior Vice President of JKLF in UK, Cllr Mahmood Hussain said that although JKLF advocates a free Sovereign Independent Country of Jammu Kashmir, but being a democratic movement, we believe that the people of Kashmir be given the right to exercise their own right to determine their future. He further said that if Kashmir issue remains unresolved, uncertainty, instability, clouds of war will remain in the region. The international community is duty bound to mediate and involve itself in order to halt the injustice done to the people of Jammu Kashmir. Cllr Hussain further said that Indian government must stop all human rights abuses in disputed area of KashmirIndia has oppressed Kashmiris from last over 65 years and Kashmiris are virtually been imprisoned in their own homes.

The meeting was well attended by all office bearers of JKLF London branch including Cllr. Mahmmod Hussain, Javaid Rashid, Mahmood Faiz, Mohammad Farooq, Tariq Sharif, Sanawar Hussain, Tasalat Hussain, Mohammad Naveed and Mohammad Saleem. 

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) 
Friday, 14 September 2012
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Gilgit Baltistan is legally part of Jammu Kashmir State

London branch of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front  (JKLF) has condemned the move by the Pakistani authorities to make Gilgit Baltistan a part of Pakistan constitutionally.

In a statement issued after the meeting of JKLF London Branch, it said that Gilgit Baltistan is part & parcel of Jammu Kashmir State and Pakistan has no legal or moral justification whatsoever to annex this part of Jammu Kashmir.

The statement said that at one hand Kashmiri people are fighting the Indian occupation and now Pakistan, the so-called “big brother” of Kashmiris is back-stabbing the people of Jammu Kashmir and their sacred movement for national emancipation. By taking this illegal and unjust step, Kashmiris are being forced to consider Pakistan in par with India. If Pakistan really cares for Kashmiris and wants peace in the region, it must not betray Kashmiris, who have also sacrificed so much for Pakistan.

JKLF and people of 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.

The meeting was attended by President of JKLF London Branch Mahmood Faiz, Vice President Mohammad Farooq, General secretary Mohammad Saleem, Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Javaid Rashid, Tariq Sharif, Sanawar Hussain, Tasalat Hussain and other office bearers of JKLF London branch. 
Saturday, 25 August 2012
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JKLF –UK delegation meets with British Foreign Office officials in London

JKLF –UK delegation meets with British Foreign Office officials in London to apprise them of the human and political rights situation in Kashmir.

A delegation of the UK based pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) met with the head of the South Asia (India) section at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London in an official meeting to apprise them of the human rights and political rights situation in Kashmir. The JKLF delegation, lead by the newly elected president, Azmat A Khan, raised a number of issue with the FCO head with regards to UK policy on the issue of Kashmir and the dire human rights situation in Indian occupied areas, including reports of extra-judicial killings, false imprisonment of minors and abduction cases involving Indian security forces and the extra-ordinary case of recent discovery of ‘unidentified mass graves’ issue. During the two hour long meeting many questions were raised from both sides and issues of concern were discussed in detail in seeking UK government’s role to affect a peaceful resolution of the longstanding issue of self-determination and the position it had taken with respect to United Nations’ stance on Kashmir as well as the role of British MPs who had been vocal on pressing for peaceful end to the conflict in Jammu-Kashmir.

The high level JKLF delegation, which comprised of its president Azmat A Khan, vice president Mahmood Hussain and senior leader prof Zafar Khan, pressed on the FCO policy makers to review the ineffective and inadequate Kashmir policy and its regional security implications. They pointed to the dangers of failure and the consequential fallout both within the two sides of Kashmir as well as in the UK because of a large population of Kashmiri origin that had settled in the UK and were deeply entwined with the issue.

During the meeting the JKLF delegation made their party position clear with regard to the inept  pace and substance in bilateral negotiations between India and Pakistan officials and conveyed their discontent with ill perceived ‘confidence building measures’, which they said, had produced little dividend for the ordinary people of Jammu-Kashmir on both sides of the line of control. They put forward a number of proposals for consideration with respect to aid for India and Pakistan and the UK government’s visa policy for Indian servicemen engaged in Kashmir as well India’s visa policy for British passport holders of Kashmiri origin.

Commenting on this first important meeting since the two main factions of the JKLF were merged and a new executive body was elected in the UK in early July, a JKLF spokesman said that it was a significant high level meeting where frank and candid discussions took place and certain mutually beneficial ideas and proposals were exchanged and that there would be a follow up meeting in the new year.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS , please contact :
Azmat A Khan,  +44 (0)7912653054,
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
President of JKLF (UK Zone) Prof. Azmat Khan visits London

President of JKLF (UK Zone) Prof. Azmat Khan visits London

President of JKLF UK Zone Prof Azmat Khan visited London where he was warmly welcomed by London Branch President Mahmood Faiz and other senior members of London Branch.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Azmat Khan praised the role of London Branch and said that “Torch of Peace” was a very timely and successful campaign. He further said that London is the hub of world politics & economic activity and plays a vital role in the world affairs. Taking this into consideration, JKLF President Azmat Khan suggested that JKLF should look into opening an office in London. During the meeting with JKLF officials (London Branch) discussions took place on further strengthening the organisation and taking the movement forward on strong and viable footings. Plans were discussed to hold events in the next 6 months to highlight Kashmir issue from Kashmiri perspective.

On this occasion London Branch President Mr. Faiz said that with the Re-unification of JKLF and merger of small parties into our fold, JKLF has got the mandate to carry forward the wishes and aspirations of people of entire Jammu Kashmir State including Gilgit Batistan.

Those present in the meeting were, JKLF senior Vice-President Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Sanawar Hussain, Tariq Sharif, Tasalat Hussain, Mohammad Naveed and other members of London Branch.

Publicity Secretary
JKLF London Branch

Monday, 20 August 2012
JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik's house arrest by Indian authorities during Eid-ul-Fitre strongly condemned

JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik's house arrest by Indian authorities during Eid-ul-Fitre strongly condemned

(London- 20 August:) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has strongly condemned the house arrest of JKLF Chairman Mr Yasin Malik in Srinagar by Indian occupation authorities during the end of Ramadan Eid-ul-Ftre festival. He was put under house arrest on 19th August and continues to be detained at his residence in the Maisoma neighbourhood of Srinagar.

By putting the JKLF Chairman under house arrest Indian authorities have prevented him from offering Eid prayers and   direct contact with the people at the
TRC ground in Srinagar where he delivers an address to the congregation on each Eid occasion.

In a press note released  here today, Professor Zafar Khan, who speaks on the diplomatic affairs of the JKLF, Professor Azmat Khan, president of JKLF's UK chapter, Syed Tehsin Gilani, its General secretary and  Councillor Mahmood Hussain its  senior Vice President have  strongly condemned Mr Malik's house arrest; and  have termed it a cowardly deed by the Indian authorities.
These leaders have accused the authorities of interfering in religious affairs by preventing Mr Malik to offer the obligatory Eid prayers, and have called Mr Malik's house arrest as an infringement of his democratic and political rights to engage in peaceful political activity.

The JKLF leaders  further stated that if the Indian authorities continue to prevent the JKLF chairman from  meeting the masses in all parts of the Indian held Jammu Kashmir, the organisation will take this  issue before international human rights fora as well  as other authorities to expose the under hand undemocratic  methods of Indian state machinery in Kashmir.
Saturday, 11 August 2012
“Torch of Peace” campaign visits East London Mosque’s

“Torch of Peace” campaign visits East London Mosque’s

London (10 August 2012):  The “Torch of Peace” campaign initiated by JKLF to highlight the Kashmir issue during London Olympics games visited Mosques in East London on the important day of Friday.

Accompanied by the office bearers of JKLF London Branch, the campaigners visited one of the biggest Mosque in East London where hundreds of people including Kashmiris gathered and lauded this timely and effective campaign.

Senior Vice President of JKLF in United Kingdom, Mahmood Hussain briefed the public outside the Lea-Bridge Road mosque about the campaign. He said that the campaign was launched by JKLF on 1st August 2012 and will continue till the end of Olympic Games. He appealed to general public to come forward with more drivers and vans, so that campaign can be strengthened further. The vehicles which have been decorated with banners, highlighting Human Rights violations in Kashmir drew lot of attention from the public.

Publicity Secretary
JKLF London Branch
Friday, 10 August 2012
‘Torch of peace campaign a wise move’

‘Torch of peace campaign a wise move’

Rawalpindi, Aug 8: Expressing satisfaction over Kashmir awareness campaign during Olympic Games in London, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has said that the “Torch of Peace” drive would go a long way in sensitizing the world about the plight of Kashmiris besides projecting the vexed issue in its real historic perspective.

“The JKLF leaders at a meeting hailed the initiative of JKLF-UK zone and termed it as a wise and well-timed move to seek world attention towards the lingering Kashmir dispute”, said a statement here.

The Front leaders maintained that the organizing ‘Torch of Peace’ drive in London at this point in time when the world’s media and sports fans have gathered in a huge numbers was in fact a significant move intended to bring to light the plight of Kashmir, the Indo-Pak governments’ apathy towards resolving the issue, drawing attention of the international community towards gross human rights violations in Kashmir and projecting Kashmir issue as an issue of Kashmiri peoples’ freedom.

They said that the ‘Torch of Peace’ vehicle running all day grabs attention of thousands of visitors has been receiving great media coverage as well.
JKLF wants independent,democratic and secular Kashmir

JKLF wants independent,democratic and secular Kashmir

Rawalpindi, Aug 8: The patron-in-chief of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Amanullah Khan has said that his party wants an independent and sovereign state having a democratic, federal and secular system of government in place.

JKLF’s aged leader made these assertions in a communiqué sent to foreign diplomats based in Islamabad on Wednesday. Khan said that the JKLF wants an independent state based on five provinces that included Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir.
He said that as a sovereign state it would be our foremost priority to establish cordial relations with all countries particularly with immediate neighbors that including Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan.

It may recalled here that besides the communiqué, a copy of Khan’s recent article “The Kashmir of My Dreams” and the press release in response to President Obama’s recent statement have also been dispatched to the heads of diplomatic missions.

In response to President Obama’s statements, the JKLF patron-in-chief said that if he thought that he could not implement his promise, he should have not made the promise in the first place, but once made it, he should have stood by it come what may. “That is what was expected from men of integrity, self-respect and honesty”, he said.

Khan advised the people of entire Jammu Kashmir State to depend on themselves and not on the so-called believers in justice and equity or on human rights and human dignity.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012
“Torch of Peace” campaign is in full swing

“Torch of Peace” campaign is in full swing

London (07 August 2012): Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is continuing its “Torch of Peace” campaign in London. JKLF functionaries and volunteers are very enthusiastic to carry this campaign forward and vehicles are moving around Olympic Village and important tourist attractions as well as the most important landmarks of Central London. The vehicles which have been decorated with banners, highlighting Human Rights violations in Kashmir drew lot of attention from the public and world media present in London to cover the London Olympics.

Yesterday “Torch of Peace” campaign vehicles also drew around UK Parliament, Downing Street (British PM office) and many other important government offices.

Senior Vice-President of JKLF UK zone Mahmood Hussain who was overseeing the campaign yesterday has said that international community especially Britain has a moral obligation to play a pivotal role for a peaceful and lasting solution based on the democratic will of the people of Jammu Kashmir. He said that Kashmiri community in Britain want an honourable solution of the Kashmir issue based on the true aspiration of its people. Mahmood Hussain further said that there are about 1.5 million Kashmiris living in Britain and the purpose of this “Torch of Peace” campaign is to remind the Government of Britain to intervene in order to save precious lives in Kashmir.


Monday, 30 July 2012
“Torch of Peace” campaign during London 2012 Olympics

“Torch of Peace” campaign during London 2012 Olympics

“Torch of Peace”

Kashmir Awareness Campaign during 2012 Olympic Games in London

Press Release (London 27 July 2012): Athletes from over two hundred countries are taking part in one of the largest sporting events-the Olympic Games- in London as a manifestation of   universal goodwill and fraternal relations amongst the nations and Peoples of the world. Millions of people throughout the world however continue to suffer and endure oppression at the hands of some of the states represented at the Games.

17 million people of Kashmir are one such glaring example of   suffering and oppression at the hands of the Indian State. Over 700,000 Indian troops are actively deployed in the Indian held part of the forcibly divided state of Kashmir, who openly indulges in massive abuse of human rights, rapes, destruction of property and disappearance of innocent youths.

More recently, thousands of unmarked graves were discovered in many areas of
Kashmir as reported by Amnesty International. Thousand of Kashmiri people are still languishing in prisons across India. The revelation of these unmarked graves has increased the fear of their whereabouts.

The Torch of Peace campaign is to  high light the plight of  Kashmiri people (without disturbing the enjoyment of the games) and expose the  state oppression by the  huge occupying army of  so called largest democracy in the world-India which continues to deny to the people of Jammu Kashmir, their internationally recognised, inherent and inalienable right of self determination.

The Torch of Peace is also to expose the   indifference and failure of the big' powers' and the United Nations to secure the FREEDOM for the people of Kashmir which the world body promised the people of Jammu Kashmir. 

The-launch of the Torch of Peace is a reminder to the World Conscience of the continued enslavement and subjugation and forced division of 17 million people and their land between
India and Pakistan.

You are therefore cordially requested to attend this poignant and its launch on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 Time: 2pm at 93 Leytonstone Road, London, E15 1JA (Car Park)

For further details contact:

Mr. Mahmood Hussain                   (+44) 0795 640 0834
Mr Mahmood Faiz on                       (+44) 0794 671 8006
Monday, 25 June 2012
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JKLF (UK Zone) Convention--- Press Release

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)-UK chapter is holding its zonal convention under the new party constitution which was finalised recently following the merger of the two main groups lead by Mr. Amanullah Khan and Mr. Yasin Malik.

The  JKLF convention is to be held in Birmigham on Sunday, 1st July, 2012. JKLF members throughout the UK have  submitted nominations to election commissioner, prof Zafar Khan, the deadline for which closed on 21 June 2012.

In a  statement issued by  prof Zafar Khan, who is one of  the two members of the organisational committee along with Prof Azmat Khan appointed to oversea the re-organisation of the party in UK,  said that the members were enthusiastic about renewing their commitment for their part in the liberation movement and will re-affirm their pledge for the just struggle for the independence movement at the historic party convention which will see a reunited party on one platform.  

The statement said that “65 year ago the British left Jammu-Kashmir divided, occupied and subjugated by its neighbours but for the past 65 years their nation had endured gross human rights violations, unprecedented military suppression and violence but the struggle to strive for self-determination has continued through thick and thin, and we will be continued at the international level with renewed vigour. .

“35 year ago, Kashmiri expatriates lead by Amanullah Khan founded the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in Birmingham-UK, which has become the single most powerful movement advocating for inalienable and unfettered right to self-determination for the 19 Million people of Jammu-Kashmir. Over the past 2 decades the JKLF has won international recognition through a younger and dynamic revolutionary leader, Yasin Malik, and it has now become the most popular pro-independence organisation with strong membership in all parts of the state, including, Kashmir valley, Jammu, Ladakh, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Balitistan and throughout the world-wide Kashmiri Diaspora. It represents unwavering, unyielding and selfless commitment for peaceful and democratic resolution of the issue for self-determination and its members will renew their commitment to the freedom movment and will set out seek international attention and support in the years to come ".

Zafar Khan
Member central organisation Committee
Election Commissioner

Saturday, 3 March 2012
JKLF London Branch Elections Held

JKLF London Branch Elections Held

JKLF London Branch elections were held yesterday. Mahmood Faiz was elected as Branch President. Prof. Liaqat (Member of Convening Committee) administered the oath to the newly elected body of London Branch.  

Sunday, 12 February 2012
Protest in London to mark 28th Martyrdom Anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed

Protest in London to mark 28th Martyrdom Anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed

To mark the 28th martyrdom anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed, JKLF in Britain  organised a protest rally in front of Indian High commission in London, Despite severe cold and sub zero temperature, hundreds of people including children from different cities of England participated. Protesters who were lead by Prof Zafar Khan shouted slogans of “Stop Killings in Kashmir”, “Handover remains of Maqbool Butt” and in favour of complete independence of Jammu Kashmir.

A memorandum was also presented to the officials of the embassy on this occasion. The memorandum asked the Indian government to immediately halt all the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. It also demanded to the Indian government to handover the mortal remain of Maqbool Butt Shaheed to his relatives for proper burial.

Speaking on this occasion, senior leader of JKLF in Britain, Prof Zafar Khan, paid rich tributes to Maqbool Butt Shaheed and said that the only way forward for Kashmiri nation is to follow the teachings in practical terms and the ideology of this great Kashmiri leader. JKLF leaders said that well over 80,000 Kashmiris have been killed since the popular uprising began in June 1988. Zafar Khan said that Kashmiris will continue to fight for the independence of entire Jammu Kashmir under the leadership of supreme head of JKLF Mr. Amanullah Khan and Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. Zafar Khan also condemned Indian Governments decision to detain Mr yasin Malik and other cadres of JKLF on Maqbool Butt Day in Srinagar.

Other JKLF leaders who also spoke on this occasion and paid tributes to Shaheed Maqbool Butt include Mahmood Hussain, Aslam Mirza, Malik Latif Khan, Syed Tahseen Gilani, Sabir Gul, Malik Mushtaq, Kaman Afsar etc.

Syed Tahseen Gilani
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