JKLF To Hold Demo in London on Maqbool Day


LONDON: JKLF in Britain will commemorate the 29th death anniversary of party founder Maqbool Bhat with a protest in front of Indian High Commission in London on 11 February.

Front plans to submit a memorandum to Indian officials demanding remains of Maqbool Bhat Shaheed be returned to his family.

A seminar will also be held in House of Lords on 11 February in which British Parliamentarians, prominent Kashmiri leaders in UK and other intellectuals have been invited.

JKLF in UK have also launched a parliamentary petition to be signed by members of House of Commons and Lords during an All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir meeting held in London on 31 October 2012. So far 30 members of UK parliament have signed the petition.

Maqbool Bhat, Kashmir’s most revered leader of the independence movement and a former ‘prisoner of conscience’,  was imprisoned in Pakistan for his radical views and was  labelled as an ‘enemy agent’ there, but ironically hanged by India on 11 February, 1984, exactly one week before his 46th birthday.  He was executed inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail where he had been imprisoned for 8 years awaiting trial of a politically motivated case against him.

Apart from the programmes mentioned above, there will be many events by JKLF branches throughout United Kingdom including a large public gathering in Luton on 17th February 2013, the statement said.

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