JKLF Reunites After 16 Yrs6 October 2011
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday announced the formal merger of his faction and the other one led by the veteran JKLF leader Amanullah Khan. He condemned the alleged custodial death of National Conference activist Sayeed Muhammad Yousuf and castigated the mainstream parties for what he termed “double standards.” Addressing a news conference here Malik said, after 16 years, JKLF headed by him and Amanullah Khan are announcing the decision of formal reunification in Srinagar and Islamabad simultaneously today. Malik said eight member Unity Facilitation Committee comprising four members from each group, have finalized modalities for merger after holding number of meetings. Stressing on unity of thought and understanding among the separatist groups, JKLF chairman said, “The need of the hour is to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion.” “We wish all the pro-freedom groups unite like us,” he said. Malik added that Unity Facilitation Committee has taken following decisions: 1. Amanullah Khan shall be the life time Supreme Head (SH) of JKLF. 2 The office of SH shall specially and specifically remain assigned to Amanullah Khan only. 3. The office of SH shall be the symbol of unity for all the constituent parts of the state of Jammu Kashmir, i.e. Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh, Pakistan administered Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. 4. The SH shall be taking care of the ideological boundaries of JKLF and shall be the symbol of independent and sovereign state of Jammu Kashmir. 5. Muhammad Yasin Malik shall be the chairman of JKLF until the central convention is held after the formation of Supreme Council SC as he is one of pioneers of the current freedom struggle along with Shaheed Ashfaq Majeed and Shaheed Sheikh Abdul Hameed. 6. Muhammad Yasin Malik shall be running the overall organizational as well as the affairs of the movement leading a 19- member committee with proportionately divided representation from every zone. 7. The SH shall refer any emerging dispute or controversy for discussions to the highest level decision making authoritative body the SC after having consultations with the party chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik. 8. Under the leadership of Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, this 19 member committee shall work until the formation of SC and its convention after having held the zonal conventions in their respective zones. 9. A constitutional committee, based on the members of constitutional experts, shall also be formed to reproduce - reframe the constitution of JKLF. ON DEATH OF NC WORKER Terming the death of National Conference activist Sayeed Muhammad Yousuf as unfortunate, Malik said they are not against those who are raising voice over the issue. “Why don’t they show the same concern towards human rights violations, including killings of innocent Kashmiris?” he asked. Malik said, “We condemn his (NC worker’s) death and it needs proper investigation. But at the same time, I want to question Indian media and civil society, why they remain silent over killings of ordinary Kashmiris. Why didn’t they utter a single word on10,000 enforced disappearances, unmarked graves or Afzal Guru.” Malik also accused national media of following blind nationalism, when it comes to Kashmir. Castigating mainstream parties for “remaining silent over human rights abuses” in Kashmir, Malik said nobody among them took to streets or created bedlam within Assembly over killing of 190 persons mostly teenagers during 2008 and 2010. “They know it very well that they will lose their jobs if they raise these issues (humans rights violations).They have proven that they are slaves by enacting drama on floor of the Assembly, which led to stalling of the resolution seeking clemency for the parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.” he said. SIT-IN AT SOPORE The JKLF chairman said that party would stage dharna at Sopore chowk tomorrow after Friday prayers over Afzal Guru, justice for victims of 2010 unrest and issue of unmarked graves. Malik, who had filed a Public Interest Litigation in High Court seeking registration of FIRs in 2010 killings, said that he would take this battle for justice to its logical conclusion. Nisar Thokar adds from Islamabad KHAN URGES DISSIDENT GROUPS TO FOLLOW SUIT The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Amanullah Khan while announcing the formal decision regarding the merger of the segregated factions of the JKLF headed by him and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday made a passionate appeal to dissident groups of the pro-independent organization to follow the suit. Addressing a press conference here the JKLF supreme head expressed his gratitude to Muhammad Yasin Malik and his associates for reciprocating his call for unity and urged the estranged groups of the party to return to the party folds. “I appeal my all colleagues to burry their differences and get united for the greater cause”, he said. The ageing leader who could not maintain rhythm during his brief chat with reporters extended apology if he had hurt the sentiments of any of his colleagues during years’ long political struggle. Hailing the sacrifices of renowned JKLF activist Rauf Kashmiri, he expressed the hope that he would also join his parent organization. He also thanked the central executive committee members of both the factions for endorsing the decision of re-unification taken by him and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Divulging details of the decisions made by the JKLF core committee, the Unity Facilitation Committee, Rafiq Ahmed Dar said that the UFC worked painstakingly and held a number of meetings to finalize the modalities. “Although the UFC had finalized modalities and submitted its final report regarding the unification a couple of weeks ago but it was agreed that the formal announcement would be made on October 6, which happens to be the death anniversary day of the JKLF stalwart Dr Farooq Hyder”, he said adding that the JKLF was now one united and all the organization structures and bodies have been dissolved saying that they will remain suspended unless the formation of supreme council.