2 Key JKLF Members Defect, Party Alleges Plot
15 April 2003
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, the main pro-independence Kashmiri organisation, is faced with a sort of internal crisis after two of its key activists joined a recently formed alliance, which the former believes is actually a creation of Indian intelligence agencies. Taking a strong exception of indiscipline shown by Mr Shabir Choudhary, an executive member of the Central Diplomatic Bureau, who was until now also known to all as the JKLF's poster boy in Britain and Europe front and Mr Abbas Butt, President of the Zone, the party has expelled them from its primary membership. A handout issued by the JKLF in Srinagar on Tuesday says that at a meeting of its Supreme Revolutionary Command Council, the two were condemned for their joining the International Kashmir Alliance launched by Kashmiri expatriates including Mr Syed Nazir Gilani, Ms Mumtaz Kashmiri, Mr Shoukat Kashmiri and Mr Hashim Qureshi.