JKLF Wants Gilgit-Baltistan Merged With AJK10 March 2011
The News International
London: Sardar Muhammad Saghir Khan Advocate, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has said that the right to decide the future status of the state entirely rests with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and this rights must be respected by all stakeholders. This is the first visit of any senior JKLF leader to Britain after the party’s leadership was expelled from the country following Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre’s murder case in February 1984 in Birmingham. Saghir Khan said he was pleased to be in Britain where the JKLF was once a strong organisational unit but faced defections and split after Amanullah Khan was expelled from Britain. Speaking at a press conference here organised by JKLF’s London unit, Khan said that since 1947 the people of Kashmir have struggled against forced division and occupation of their motherland. “Since 1947, 17 million people of Jammu and Kashmir, remain denied of this basic right-the right to choose and the right to freedom. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir remain divided with a heavy military deployment on both sides of the Line of Control,” he said. He asked the government of Pakistan to undo the damage by uniting Gilgit Baltistan with the AJK territory, to form a truly independent and democratic revolutionary government that would be an independent voice to advocate for the freedom and reunification of the entire state and would also address the day to day needs of the citizens of the unified Gilgit Baltistan and AJK regions.