JKLF launches campaign for return of Maqbool Butt’s mortal remains
London, Nov 2: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), UK, has launched a parliamentary petition to be sent to the president of India to ask him for return of mortal remains of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Butt to Kashmir from Tihar Jail, New Delhi.
The Front launched a parliamentary petition to be signed by members of Commons and Lords during the meeting of All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in London last night.
At a meeting chaired by Lord Ahmed, who himself hails from Kashmir, many Kashmir related issues including the issue of Kashmir’s unmarked mass graves, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings and imprisonment of minors as well as the constitutional issue of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) including Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan territories were debated.
It was decide that the APPG would support the move to launch a parliamentary petition to be sent to the President of India to ask for the return of mortal remains of Kashmiri independence leader, Maqbool Butt, who was hanged in Tihar Jail in 1984 and buried inside the jail premises.
“New Delhi has been refusing to return his mortal remains for burial in Kashmir for all these years. A JKLF delegation led by its president in UK, Azmat A Khan, gave a briefing at the high level meeting of members of parliament on several issues and asked for the group to take up action points. The members of the APPG on Kashmir who signed the petition during the meeting include, Lord Ahmed, Lord Hussain, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP (Manchester Gorton), David Ward MP (Bradford), Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham), Gavin Shuker MP (Luton), Lady Sarah Ludworth (Walthamstow Peer). Another 6 MPs added their names to the petition later overnight,” said a spokesman of the Front in a statement today from London.
JKLF delegation also raised concerns over constitutional issues in Pakistan administered Kashmir assembly elections where pro-independence candidates are barred from contesting elections and also demanded that Pakistani government should halt its program of illegally annexing Gilgit-Baltistan.
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