JKLF Re-Unites, Malik-Aman Sign Pact13 August 2011
Srinagar: In a major development, two biggest factions of the splintered Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have re-united, with Muhammad Yasin Malik having signed a ‘merger agreement’ with Amanullah Khan in Rawalpindi on Friday, the pro-freedom group said here today. The union comes nearly 16 years after Malik revolted against the Rawalpindi-based Khan who had refused to go along with his decision to call a unilateral ceasefire with India in 1995. “After long deliberations, the supreme head of the Liberation Front, Amanullah Khan, and the JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, have decided in principle to come together, and formally signed a merger agreement at Khan’s residence on Friday,” the JKLF said. The Friday pact had been signed after a detailed discussion on the JKLF’s role and the condition of the Kashmir freedom movement in light of “the disastrous global and regional scenario,” it said. Both factions have appointed four-member committees to get the decision ratified by their respective executive bodies, and appealed to the cadres and supporters worldwide to support the merger. Severely ill due to repeated paralytic attacks Khan had broken down several times during his meetings with Malik who had called on him during his current visit to Pakistan, the JKLF said. “Khan expressed his wish for the JKLF to re-unite, and Malik, endorsed it, reciprocating the former’s move to appoint a panel to work out the merger,” it said. One of the four JKLF “area commanders” to have pioneered the armed uprising in Kashmir, Malik had renounced violence in 1995, and announced a cease fire with India, crowning himself the chairman of the group after Khan opposed his decision. The split came after the group suffered heavy loss of life, partly in a vicious and subterranean internecine war among various militant outfits in Kashmir, and partly due to an unrelenting assault on it by government forces. The party has suffered further break up since, with Malik’s long-time associate and fellow area commander, Javed Mir, having aligned himself with yet another faction.