May 2004 News

JKLF Launches Campaign To Protest Afzal's Arrest

26 May 2004
News Network International

London: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has begun to mobilise its activists in the UK, and Europe to protest against continued detention of its Senior Vice Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Afzal arrested in Indian occupied Kashmir capital Srinagar on May 20. JKLF's British Chapter is planning a series of events against his arrest and detention, including a demonstration at the Indian High Commission in London on May 29, where a protest note will be lodged to the Indian Government,reports Kashmir Times. A JKLF statement said: 'JKLF also plans to lobby Parliamentarians, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Humanitarian Organisations, for Muhammad Afzal's release from the infamous Hari Nivas interrogation Centre in Srinagar.' 'It may be recalled that two days prior to his arrest, Afzal addressed a press conference in Srinagar, calling among other things, for reunification and freedom of his motherland, and insisting on recognition, by both India and Pakistan, of Kashmiris, not only as the main party in the dispute, but as a key to lasting solution of the Kashmir issue.' Afzal had reiterated JKLF's strong resolve not to accept visa and passport conditions for any possible opening of the- Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. He also stated that the right of Kashmiris' to self determination was internationally recognised and inherent with them, and that the JKLF will not accept a solution of the dispute, which was contrary to basic rights and aspirations of Kashmiri people. Demanding an immediate release of JKLF's Senior Vice Chairman, spokesman and head of diplomatic affairs for the JKLF, professor Zafar Khan regretted, that despite being a democracy, India is intolerant of JKLF's ideology, and said that JKLF, under Amanullah Khan and Sheikh Muhammad Afzal's leadership, will not compromise on the fundamental right of 15 million Kashmiris.


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