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Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Kashmiris in UK condemn the desecration of Holy Quran & Killings of Protestors

Kashmiris in UK condemn the desecration of Holy Quran & Killings of Protestors

Cllr Mahmood Hussain of London Borough of Waltham Forest & Snr Vice President of JKLF in United Kingdom has condemned the desecration of Holy Quran and killings of protestors in Ramban area of Jammu Kashmir.

Peaceful Protest in Ramban took place after the Indian paramilitary force (BSF) entered into a local mosque, beating up the people who had gathered to offer prayers including the Imaam and desecrated the holy Quran. If this was not enough, other day, the same paramilitary forces killed 6 protestors and injured over 40 who were protesting peacefully about the events unfolded.

In a statement issued from London, Cllr Hussain said that at one hand, India portrays itself as a biggest democracy in the world, on the other hand is involved in gross human human rights violations. He said that even the places of worship are not safe and people are not being allowed to hold peaceful protests or assemble.

Cllr Mahmood Hussain said that there is no credibility in the probes conducted by the Indian State so far. Hundreds of enquiries have been launched over the decades, but not single armed forces personnel have been prosecuted during this time.  He said that JKL demands an International investigation by a credible world organization for providing justice in the recent massacre at Ramban and also for all the crimes perpetrated by the Indian state actors in last 23 years.

Cllr Mahmood Hussain has written to Amnesty International and UK Foreign Office to intervene and press India to put an end the fresh killing spree in occupied territory.

Information Secretary,

JKLF (London)
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JKLF presented a letter of protest to the Indian high commissioner in London

The members of JKLF UK Zone picketed outside the Indian High Commission in London and presented a letter of protest to the Indian high commissioner against the desecration of holy Quran and Killings of innocent protesters in Gool, Ramban area of Jammu Kashmir.

Below is the text of the letter of protest which was presented to the high Commissioner. 

His Excellency, Dr J Bhagwati
Indian High Commissioner in the UK
India House Aldwych London WC2B 4NA
United Kingdom

Dated: 22 July 2013 

Dear Dr Bhagwati

Re: The abominable outrage of the desecration of the Holy Quran and the Gool massacre of peaceful protesters on 18 July 2013.

Your Excellency if entering in to a mosque and desecration of the Holy Quran, beating up of people at prayers in the Holy month of Ramadan was not enough, the Border Security force-BSF -a paramilitary force deployed in huge numbers by the Indian Government in Kashmir - killed six innocent Kashmiris who had come out to protest peacefully against this abominable outrage perpetrated by the BSF in the Gool area of Ramban district in Jammu on Thursday 18 July 2013.

This protest note lodged through your Excellency by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-JKLF- today is to express and put on record our strong condemnation and utter disgust of the cowardly and callous actions of the BSF in Gool, and to convey deep hurt and anguish of Kashmiris in Britain, over the desecration of the Holy Quran and the killing of six innocent civilians.

Your Excellency such outrages committed by Indian forces have become a norm in Kashmir. With the ‘legal cover’ that your government has provided them through various draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act-AFSPA- the men in uniform deployed across the Jammu Kashmir, have a licence to commit extra judicial killings, wanton destruction of property, rape, fake encounters and abductions with impunity.
Gool massacre is the latest chapter-and alas will not be the last- in the ongoing state oppression and violence unleashed against Kashmiris by over 700,000 Indian military and paramilitary forces particularly since 1988 that has resulted in deaths of tens of thousands of men, women, children, young and old alike as well as disappearance of hundreds of Kashmiri youth.

Indeed since the unpardonable action of the BSF in Gool on 18 July, further deaths and injuries are reported across various towns and hamlets of Jammu Kashmir with imposition of curfew, curtailing of internet and phone services.

Kashmiri leadership is prevented to meet and console the aggrieved in their hour of sorrow. MrYasin Malik Chairman of the JKLF and other prominent leaders like Syed Ali Gilani and Shabir Shah has been put under arrest.
Your Excellency Kashmir is a political issue whose future status is yet to be decided upon with reference to the unfettered expression and will of 20 million Kashmiris across both sides of the Line of Control-LoC- that arbitrarily divides Jammu Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The movement for self determination and reunification is peaceful and for the inherent and inalienable right of each and every Kashmiri to decide on the future status of the erstwhile kingdom of Jammu Kashmir.

And yet India continues to resort to a high handed, violent and oppressive occupation of the territory. Such intransigence, intolerance and ambivalence ill behoves a democracy of India’s stature to stifle democratic expression and to forcibly hold Kashmir and its people subjugated.

Inevitably the way forward for a peaceful solution on the future status of Jammu Kashmir is through dialogue. Your Excellency India must therefore desist from unleashing further militarised terror and brutality against the population and withdraw its military and paramilitary forces to the barracks to prevent further incidents like the Gool outrage. And more importantly engage with Kashmiri leadership for an early negotiated settlement on the future political status of Jammu Kashmir.

In the meantime your Excellency, it remains to be seen as a test of the criminal justice system and democracy in India as to the actions it is prepared to take against BSF personnel responsible for the Gool massacre.

On behalf of and for the JKLF
Zafar Khan:                   Head of JKLF’s Diplomatic Bureau
Azmat .A. Khan:           President of the JKLF in the UK
Mahmud Hussain          Snr. V president of the JKLF in the UK
Tehsin Gilani:               General Secretary of the JKLF in the UK
Sabir Gul:                     Organiser of the JKLF in the UK
Ali Asghar:                   Finance Secretary of the JKLF in the UK

For contact:
Tel: 07956 400 834

Saturday, 20 July 2013
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JKLF in UK condemns the Killings in Gool, Kashmir by Indian forces

Press Release/London, July 20, 2013:

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front –JKLF- has strongly condemned the brutal and unlawful killings of 6 innocent Kashmiris at the hands of Indian armed forces during a peaceful demonstration in Gool, Ramban, Kashmir.

In a statement issued from London, President UK Zone Prof Azmat A Khan, head of the JKLF Diplomatic Committee Prof. Zafar Khan, Senior Vice President Cllr Mahmood Hussain, General Secretary Syed Tahseen Gilani, organizer Sabir Gul, Finance Secretary Ali Asghar and other leaders of JKLF UK chapter have said that the recent killings in Kashmir clearly show India’s intolerant behavior towards Kashmir. They said that indiscriminate firing on peaceful demonstrators will not make Kashmiris retract from their demand of free and fair plebiscite in Kashmir.

The statement said that JKLF 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. JKLF leaders 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.

The statement also condemned the restriction on internet services and arrest of Pro-Freedom leadership including JKLF Chairman Yasin Manlik, Syed Ali Shah Gilani, Shabir Ahmed Shah and many others.

JKLF leaders called upon the international community to ensure safety and dignity of people of Kashmir, especially when Indian army which is on killing spree is enjoying all the immunity under draconian law AFSPA (Armed forces Special Powers Act) which is enforced in Jammu Kashmir.

Press Secretary,

Monday, 8 July 2013
Leaders welcome Zafar Khan's appointment

Leaders welcome Zafar Khan's appointment

(London- 08 July 2013)

Leaders of the London Chapter of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front- JKLF- have welcomed the decision by JKLF Chairman Mr Yasin Malik   to appoint Prof. Zafar Khan as ‘Head of Diplomatic Affairs’.

In a statement issued in London they said that Prof. Zafar Khan is a highly regarded academic, intellectual and respected charismatic figure within the Kashmiri Diaspora, as well across both sides of the LoC in Kashmir and that as a senior and experienced figure in the JKLF ranks his appointment by Mr Yasin Malik and the leadership is to be highly commended and it will add to the impetus in the struggle at the international level.

It might be noted that Prof Zafar Khan was since 1948, the first Kashmiri to address a UN body on specifically Kashmir issue which he did during an address at the UN sub commission on Human Rights in August 1990 at Geneva, calling on the world body to allow people of Jammu Kashmir the exercise of their inherent inalienable and unfettered right to self determination.

In the statement leaders of the JKLF's London chapter hoped that the movement for Kashmiri freedom will benefit from Prof Zafar Khan vast experience and diplomatic skills, to further the Issue at international level consistent with the rights, aspirations and wishes of 20 million Kashmiris.

Press Secretary,
JKLF (London


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