The Plebiscite Front
During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, the efforts of Pakistan to win over
the Kashmiri population did not get any appreciable response and the Pakistani
infiltrators were beaten back. Meanwhile, the anti-India and pro-Pakistan activities
of the Plebiscite Front (PF) led to its ban in January 1971 under the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act and Sheikh Abdullah, M.A. Beg and G.M. Shah
were ordered to leave the State. The activities of the PF received considerable
setback after the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and the consequent creation of Bangladesh.
The reality of the situation had a sobering impact on Sheikh Abdullah and
his supporters and they started thinking in terms of evolving a solution
of the Kashmir problem within the frame work of the Indian Constitution
and therefore, started laying more emphasis on autonomy.