SRINAGAR: “The history of JKLF is adorned with sacrifices, martyrdoms, bravery and continued struggle for freedom of Jammu Kashmir. We reiterate our pledge that all our efforts and energies will remain vested for the cause of freedom and independence of our motherland.”
This was stated by the JKLF’s supreme leader Amanullah Khan and chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik while addressing a meeting of recently elected JKLF Supreme Council members who participated in a joint meeting held via video link on Friday.
The Supreme Council members from both parts of divided Kashmir, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc., participated in the meeting held to mark the 37th Foundation Day of JKLF.
The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and after inaugural remarks from chairman Malik, all the newly elected members of Supreme Council were sworn in by Amanullah Khan.
After the oath taking ceremony, Malik delivered a welcome address to the members of newly formed SC who were connected through a video link from different parts of the world, a JKLF spokesman said in a statement.
“Today JKLF has created a history again and we all living in different parts of the world are united and sitting together to take our freedom struggle to its desired goal,” Malik said. He said that JKLF is going to elect all its office bearers including the chairman on June 14.. The elections will be held under the supervision of a 5-member election commission that has already been formulated. The commission includes Ghulam Mohammad Qadri and Haji Bashir Ahmad Khan from Indian Kashmir, Khwaja Ghulam Ahmad Butt and Dr Sultan Hyder from Pakistani Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan and Syed Tahseen Geelani from overseas. The commission will be headed by Ghulam Mohammad Qadri and the last date for filling nominations is June 10. “Malik hoped that this process will conclude with dignity and will strengthen JKLF and the freedom movement,” the statement said.
On the occasion, Amanullah Khan presented the historical background of JKLF. He mentioned how the right of independence was dropped in the UN which made them to form Independence Committee based on only 25 members. “After hanging of father of Kashmiri nation Mohammad Maqbool Butt , the sacrifices rendered by the people of the state, especially after JKLF initiated a new phase from 1988, highlighted the issue at international level. For this wide range of publicity of the ideology, now supported by the overwhelming majority of the people of the state, the credit goes to the JKLF leadership and martyrs,” Khan said.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Noor Mohammad Kalwal (zonal president Kashmir) Dr. Toqeer Gilani (president AJK & GB Zone), Prof. Azmat Khan (president UK & Europe Zone), Raja M. Hanief Khan (president Middle East Zone), Prof. Raja Zaffar Khan (chairman Diplomatic Board), Khawaja Manzoor A. Chisti (in charge Finance Board), Sardar Abid (member SC, UAE).
Senior leaders who were present on the occasion included Sabir Ansari, Advocate Hafiz Anwar Samavi, Khawaja Saifudin, engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi ,Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Raja Haq Nawaz, Saleem Haroon, Sajid Sidiqee, Manzoor A. Khan, Syed Tehseen Gilani (general secretary UK & Europe Zone), Gulriyaz Malik (president Saudi Arab branch),M. Rafiq Dar and others.